A former teacher’s assistant has been charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Andrew Timothy Hodge, age 32, has been charged with four counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of indecent liberties with a child. Both are felonies.
The arrest warrant alleges that Hodge had in his possession “material containing a representation of a minor, unknown female, approximate age between 8 and 10 years of age engaged in sexual activity.”
The warrant alleges the activity happened between January 2017 and September 2017 and that he is accused of attempting a “lewd and lascivious act” on a child under the age of 16.
Hodge was a former teacher’s assistant at the Leland Christian Academy. He had previously been employed at the Southeastern Preschool Education Center (SPEC).
Bail for Hodge has been set at $1 million and he remains remanded to the Brunswick County Detention Center.
Leland Christian Academy released the following statement:
We at Leland Christian Academy and First Baptist Church are deeply saddened to learn of these allegations. The safety and security of our students have always been our first priority. All that we can confirm at this point is that Mr. Andrew Hodge was an employee of Leland Christian Academy, but left the school in August of 2017 to pursue other interests.
The school has a rigorous screening process in place for individuals working with the children and Mr. Hodge passed each of these criteria, including background checks every three years, the most recent being in July of 2015. There had been no allegations or complaints lodged against Mr. Hodge by parents or staff during his time here, and we are heartbroken to hear of these charges.
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