A Duplin County Schools teacher has been charged with 6 felony counts of a sexual nature involving a student.
Devin Danielle Wright, age 27, has been charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a student and three counts of felony sex act with a student. Wright was arrested by the State Bureau of Investigation.
According to the warrant, Wright is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old male East Duplin High School student. The incidents took place sometime between March 10 and March 12, 2017, in Onslow County.
Wright was given a total secured bond of $28,500, which she met and was released from the Onslow County jail. $22,500 of the bond was for the three sex act charges and $6,000 for the three indecent liberties charges.
The date in court for Write is March 2 in Onslow County District Court.
Devin Wright was employed at East Duplin High in Duplin Count from 2015 through August 16th of 2017, when she resigned after the school suspended her when the allegations came to light.
Under state law, Wright was obligated to give 30 days notice before suspending. The law states that if the resignation is tied to an arrest or criminal activity, the state board of education must be notified.
“If a teacher’s criminal history is relevant to the teacher’s resignation, regardless of whether the teacher has given at least 30 days’ notice, the board shall report to the State Board of Education the reason for an employee’s resignation.”
It is unclear from the statement made by Duplin Schools officials if the State Board was informed:
“As soon as the allegations were brought to the attention of school officials, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted immediately and the teacher was placed on suspension. The teacher resigned on August 16. Duplin County Schools provided full cooperation and assistance as this matter was investigated. The safety and well-being of students is the school system’s highest priority, and all necessary and appropriate action was taken at the conclusion of the investigation into this matter.”