A Wake Montessori teacher has been charged with 20 felonies in relation to sexual contact with a 14 year-old female student.
Nicholas Conlon Smith, 36, was arrested on November 7th and charged with 16 felony counts of statutory rape with a 14 year-old girl and 4 counts of felony sex offense with a student. These charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred between August 2011 and June 2012.
Wake County Assistant District Attorney Christy Joyce told the court that a second victim has been identified and more charges are likely coming. As a result of this information, the bond set for Smith was raised from $1 million to $2 million by the presiding judge in Raleigh.
Smith’s next court appearance is November 29th.
Smith was a teacher at the Montessori School of Raleigh in Wake County for 12 years. At one point Smith held the title of ‘Math Director’ at the school.
“There is nothing more important than the safety of our students. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we are cooperating fully with the police investigation. We will also conduct a comprehensive review of our own policies and procedures as part of our ongoing commitment to protect our students,” said Nancy Errichetti, Head of the Montessori School of Raleigh, in a statement.
The now former Wake montessori teacher was a graduate of Enloe High school and North Carolina State University.
Another teacher who attended NC State was arrested earlier this month. Joshua Sessoms was charged in Nash county with four felonies involving a student.
Nicholas Smith is the 49th teacher arrest being tracked by American Lens since January. A teacher from Union county who was charged with 10 felonies of a sexual nature with regard to a student is number 48.