A former middle school principal in North Carolina was arrested last week after sexually assaulting a student in his office while the boy’s parent waited outside.
David Ellis Edwards turned himself in last Friday and was charged with two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of sexual acts with a student, and five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center and released on a $140,000 unsecured bond, according to WNCN. A judge ordered him to stay away from anyone under the age of 16.
Deputies said the 49-year-old molested at least three boys between the ages of 11 and 14 between 2009 and 2011, and that at least one incident allegedly occurred in Edwards’ office while the victim’s parent say in a nearby waiting room. The victims alleged that they were touched inappropriately or were forced to participate in sexual acts with Edwards.
David Ellis Edwards resigned from his position at Douglas Byrd Middle School in Fayetteville, where he had been principal since 2010, in August, just three weeks before the school year started. Edwards was previously principal at Ramsey Street Alternative from August 2005 to April 2010.
According to WTVD, Edwards pastors First Missionary Baptist Church in St. Pauls. He made his first appearance in a Cumberland County Courtroom Friday afternoon, but declined to comment. His attorney Jim Parrish said his client is not guilty.
Last July, a Queens elementary school assistant principal filed a lawsuit against his former boss, claiming he fondled him and pinned him to a bed during an education conference in Las Vegas. Frank Farino said John Quattrocchi harassed him for two years with sexual advances and gifts. Quattrocchi was previously transferred from PS43 in 2010 pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment claims. He retired in April before a ruling had been given.