David Ellis Edwards, 49 (pictured left), the former principal at Douglas Byrd Middle School in North Carolina, was arrested Friday after it was discovered that he allegedly sexually assaulted at least three male students, including one while his unsuspecting parent was outside of his office, reports the Huffington Post.
Edwards was charged with “second-degree forcible sex offense, sexual acts with a student, taking indecent liberties with a minor and crimes against nature.”
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Deputies said the victims told them that, between 2009 to 2011, they were touched inappropriately or were forced to participate in sexual acts with Edwards on two school campuses- Douglas Byrd Middle and Ramsey Street Alternative.
The victims, all males, were between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. On at least one occasion, the crimes were committed while a parent unknowingly sat in a waiting area in the office of the school.
According to sources, Edwards pastors First Missionary Baptist Church in St. Pauls.
Edwards was arrested this Friday after turning himself in to detectives. He resigned from his position as principal six weeks ago, telling Cumberland County Schools it was for educational opportunities. At the time, the system said they were not aware of the pending investigation.
Edwards’ bond was set at $140,000, which he posted, and he has been court-ordered to stay away from anyone under the age of 16 while charges are pending.