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Ex-principal at Cumberland County middle schools charged with sexually assaulting 3 boys
fayobserver.com ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | Venita Jenkins

Posted on 10/12/2013 10:45:49 AM PDT by csvset

A former Cumberland County middle school principal is accused of sexually assaulting three students who were 11 to 14 years old, including one while the child's parent was waiting in the office, according to the Sheriff's Office.

David Ellis Edwards, who was principal of Douglas Byrd Middle School for three years until abruptly resigning in August, turned himself in to sheriff's deputies Friday morning.

Edwards, 49, of the 7200 block of Tobago Place, is 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, according to deputies.

The Sheriff's Office said the alleged sexual assaults were committed at Ramsey Street Alternative Middle and Douglas Byrd Middle schools. Investigators say the three students, who are boys, were assaulted between 2009 and 2011 by being touched inappropriately or forced to participate in sexual acts with Edwards, the Sheriff's Office said.

In one alleged incident, a child was assaulted while his parent sat in a waiting area in the school office.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint by a parent, said Debbie Tanna, a sheriff's spokeswoman.

She said deputies are continuing to investigate Edwards.

"We do believe there were more than the three victims," she said.

Edwards resigned Aug. 6, citing educational reasons, Superintendent Frank Till Jr. said at the time.

County school officials were not aware of the details of the allegations until they learned of Edwards' arrest Friday, Till said.

"The sheriff's department has not been in contact with me about this," said Till, who was out of state Friday. "I am shocked and saddened by this. We will cooperate with the sheriff's department. If there are more cases, they should certainly report it."

Till said he hopes to learn more about the allegations when he returns Sunday.

Till plans to notify the state Department of Public Instruction on Monday about the allegations.

"It is in their hands as far as his credentials," Till said.

Alicia Chisolm, chairwoman of the Cumberland County school board, expressed dismay after learning of the charges.

"I think this is very sad for the children and for the school system," she said.

Edwards was named principal at Ramsey Street Alternative Middle School in 2005. He had been an assistant principal for two years before being promoted.

He was a teacher at South View and Ramsey Street middle schools from 1998 to 2003.

Edwards' bail was set at $140,000.

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 323-1500. Staff writer Venita Jenkins can be reached at jenkinsv@fayobserver.com or 486-3511.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: academicbias; cultureofcorruption; homosexual; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; neamia; politicalcorrectness; public; raperape; school; sexualassault; teacher
Homosexual rape of minors, is that still illegal in Obama's America?
1 posted on 10/12/2013 10:45:49 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

This would have been dealt with properly about a hundred years ago. Rope, lamp post, adios.


2 posted on 10/12/2013 10:56:04 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: csvset

Did you see the pic, he’ll probably be the next Secretary of Education.


3 posted on 10/12/2013 11:01:59 AM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: csvset
Homosexual rape of minors, is that still illegal in Obama's America?

In Ubama's America, it's encouraged.

4 posted on 10/12/2013 11:04:10 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: csvset

I have no doubt 30 students will turn out to defend him, just like they turned to defend the sick goat-f8cking drama teacher in Arizona.

Just another reason to keep your kids OUT of public schools


5 posted on 10/12/2013 11:07:18 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: csvset

There will be more victims. The fact he was felt bold enough to molest a child in his office with the parent just outside the office means he has probably been doing this for quite a while.


6 posted on 10/12/2013 11:09:09 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Antihero101607
Did you see the pic, he’ll probably be the next Secretary of Education

I think it's more likely Ubama would promote the pedophile hugger and homosexual propagandist Kevin Jennings he already has as his Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education.

7 posted on 10/12/2013 11:11:10 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: csvset

Burn the school down.


8 posted on 10/12/2013 11:14:24 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Lancey Howard

The Hope and Change America got. Homosexual and pedophile behavior embraced by the left. No kid is safe or left behind; he’s now attacked from behind...


9 posted on 10/12/2013 11:16:53 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: csvset

Disgusting.


10 posted on 10/12/2013 11:30:26 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: USNBandit
I seriously doubt he molested anyone in his office while the parents were waiting outside; in fact I suspect the man is innocent. In any case, I believe in the presumption of innocence, and I believe that children lie, and that further there are deep pockets here and there is a lot of money to be had. These accusations are the equivalent medieval witch hunts and often there is no truth whatsoever. The fact that there may well be more accusations will likely have nothing to do with the man's guilt or innocence but rather a combination of group hysteria and greediness. Let the flames begin!
11 posted on 10/12/2013 11:42:44 AM PDT by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: csvset

In 0muslim’s America, it’s a resume enhancer.


12 posted on 10/12/2013 11:45:28 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: erkelly

Why do you think he is innocent?


13 posted on 10/12/2013 11:49:49 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: erkelly

Do you believe that because you really want to believe that?


14 posted on 10/12/2013 12:03:14 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: erkelly

Why did he turn himself in to the police ?

I know for a FACT if I was innocent, I would make them arrest me....


15 posted on 10/12/2013 12:19:00 PM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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To: csvset

I’m sure it was consensual,nothing to see here


16 posted on 10/12/2013 12:31:40 PM PDT by ballplayer
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To: csvset

“Homosexual rape of minors, is that still illegal in Obama’s America?”

They don’t like for anyone to refer to it as “HOMOSEXUAL” rape, they say it’s rape by a pedophile and choose to ignore that the pedophile is “HOMOSEXUAL” or use the term “QUEER” as some “HOMOSEXUALS” like to use but say it’s insensitive for a “straight” person to use that term. All to take awaay from the fact that an adult “rump ranger” raped a male child.


17 posted on 10/12/2013 12:45:00 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: erkelly

That certainly explains why he suddenly resigned his post in August.


18 posted on 10/12/2013 3:36:42 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: FlJoePa
You get the award for the stupidest statement, or possibly joke, I have ever heard........
19 posted on 10/12/2013 3:41:03 PM PDT by BilLies ("Will none rid me of this lying bastard ?")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks csvset.

Left’s new crusade: Adult-kid sex
WorldNetDaily | Matt Barber
Posted on 10/12/2013 10:24:26 AM PDT by jimluke01
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3078079/posts


20 posted on 10/12/2013 3:41:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: csvset

In another decade or so, we’ll all be guilty of hate crimes for daring to believe the old “ageist” slander that it’s ok/acceptable to have sex barriers of any sort.

It’s good for the children, donchu know. Special mentorship and all that. The Greeks did it, so how can it be wrong?

Just google/bing around on the subject of intergenerational intimacy if you doubt there’s a real push by the usual suspects brewing up on this issue.


21 posted on 10/12/2013 3:47:04 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: BilLies

I’m sorry. That’s the standard here. It’s been proven over the past 18 months.


22 posted on 10/12/2013 3:56:09 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: erkelly

Just a hunch on his innocence? Twenty years ago, I might have similar thoughts. In this cesspool of a world, I error on the side of kid safety. Maybe the Left had a long-term plan that worked. Many years ago, they deliberately coached kids to lie about good adults molesting them. It became so wide=-spread that it became normal to consider that the child was fibbing. Now we are desensitized and many want to just shrug and look the other way.


23 posted on 10/13/2013 4:04:07 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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