Four more teacher arrests took place near the end of March and during the month of April on an array of charges from drug laced cookies to sex with a student.
Via WRAL: Thomas J. Sherman of Moore County
According to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, a search of Thomas J. Sherman’s home at 360 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Southern Pines turned up 404 grams of cookie dough and 31 grams of butter mixed with THC, 14 grams of marijuana, 1 gram of psilocybin mushrooms, ecstasy and amphetamine along with drug paraphernalia and $482. 2
The total street value of the drugs found was about $3,100, deputies said.
Sherman, 31, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the storage of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sherman was being held at the Moore County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 25.
Via WITN: Sharon Sharp of Carteret County
A woman who was in her 25th year of teaching in Carteret County resigned before being charged in connection with underage drinking at her home.
Sharon Sharp resigned her position as a 5th grade teacher at Harkers Island Elementary School, three days after Carteret County deputies say she had the party at her home in Gloucester where alcohol was served to five teenagers.
Deputies say the 48-year-old is charged with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Via FOX 8: Jarrett Adam Elliott of Randolph County
A former Randolph County teacher is accused of sexual contact with his students, according to a news release from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.
Jarret Adam Elliott is charged with one count of sexual battery.
On Monday, the sheriff’s office received a criminal complaint from a student enrolled at Southwestern Randolph High School.
The complaint alleged that a teacher had sexual contact with his students while at the school, according to the release.
Via WNCN: Aaron Matthew Holmes of Cumberland County
A former Cumberland County high school track coach has been arrested and charged with having sex with a student multiple times in 2015 and 2016, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s office investigators began looking into a report received on March 24 regarding a former track coach and substitute teacher at South View High School having sex with a member of the school’s track team.
Authorities learned that Aaron Matthew Holmes, of Hicks Avenue in Fayetteville, had sex with the student multiple times between Nov. 2, 2015 and Feb. 13, 2016.
Holmes is held on $150,000 bond.
American Lens reported on the continuing trend of teacher arrests in the state.
Since the start of 2017, teacher arrests in the state have included charges such as possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, and assault on a person under 12 years of age.
Also included in the list of charges were assault on a handicapped person, soliciting a child by a computer, human trafficking and soliciting a child for sex acts online.
The majority of teacher arrests were for sexual contact or relationships with students.
Read more in our previous report: Arrests for Heroin, Sexual Assault, DWI and Number of Sex Acts In NC Have Common Denominator
During the month of April, media reported on 41 arrests of educators nationwide.