A Union County teacher has been charged with multiple felony counts that involve sexual contact with a student.
Larry Robinson, age 64, was charged with five counts of felony taking indecent liberties with a student and five counts of felony sexual conduct with a student.
The charges stem from accusations of a relationship between a student and Robinson which took place between 2014 and 2015. At the time the alleged relationship began, the student was a junior in high school.
Robinson was arrested at his home in Monroe on Halloween. He had been a teacher at the Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) in Union County since the mid-1980’s.
Robinson became part of CATA’s staff in 2006. Prior to that, he taught at both Monroe Middle School and Monroe High School. He was recognized with a national drama award and was a past North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators Teacher of the Year.
Union County Public Schools released the following statement:
“Good morning/afternoon parents, this is Dr. Kim Fisenne calling with an important message. As you know, I believe it is important to keep the lines of communication open between home and school. I want to let you know that Mr. Larry Robinson will not be in class for an indefinite timeframe due to an investigation. I know you may have questions about this matter, but due to the active investigation, I am not at liberty to share details.
I want you to know that my top priorities are to maintain quality instruction in all theater classes, to continue to keep our students engaged in upcoming activities, and to ensure a supportive school environment. Thank you for your cooperation. Please know that counselors are available should your student struggle and need to speak with someone. Have a good day/evening.”
The Union county teacher is the 48th teacher arrest being tracked by American Lens since January 2017.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-5769 or 704-282-4756.