A now-former Wake County high school teacher assistant was arrested and has been charged with having sex with a female student.
Xavier Keshawn Kearney, age 22, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of committing a sex act with a student.
Kearney was issued a $30,000 bond and was released from the Wake County Detention Center.
Warrant information shows the alleged incidents took place between September 15, 2017, and May 18, 2018.
According to Wake County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten, Kearney had been hired by the district in August of 2017.
According to Luten, he had transferred from Knightdale High School to Wake Forest High School on Sept. 18, 2017.
Kearney might have known charges was coming. He was allowed to resign on November 27, 2017 – just one week prior to police opening an investigation alleged incidents.
Knightdale High’s principal James Argent sent a note to parents regarding Kearney.
“When the allegations were brought to our attention, we immediately reported them to law enforcement. School officials are working with law enforcement during the investigation. We are also conducting our own investigation into these allegations.
While privacy laws prevent me from providing much information about this specific situation, I can share with you that the alleged incident did not involve a student in his class and it did not occur at Wake County school or during school hours.”
Argent’s note also said that Kearney had contact with 9 students during his time at Knightdale High. None of those students appear to be Kearney’s victim.
Kearney is the 7th Wake County Public Schools employee to be arrested in 2018.
Prior WCPSS employee arrests include:
January – Teacher Margarette Duncan Harris was charged Sunday with assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a male who lived at the same address as her
January – Elementary teacher Jimmy Mallory was arrested and charged with misdemeanor child abuse after assaulting his 14-year-old son at a basketball game earlier this month.
July – Bus driver Todd Van Nguyen was arrested on July 19 and has been charged with three felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
August – Andrea Marie Bradford was charged with felony larceny and obtaining property under false pretenses in connection with the theft of an iPhone X.
August – Elementary school teacher Chip Anthony Hollingsworth was arrested as a result of a joint investigation by local law enforcement and the FBI. Hollingsworth faces 18 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. Arrest documents show that Hollingsworth was in possession of at least 18 videos of children between the ages of 5 and 12 performing sexual acts.
December – Substitute teacher Nazha Boris Shara was arrested for assaulting a student. Shara allegedly slapped a 10-year-old on the back of the head or neck on Oct. 31 in a fifth-grade classroom at Holly Grove Elementary in Holly Springs.