A Clinton High School teacher has been arrested and charged with having sex with a student.
Jose Maria Quinteros-Rodriguez, age 24, was arrested on February 28 and charged with three felony counts of sexual activity with a student. The victim was a female under the age of 18.
Quinteros-Rodriguez was given a $100,000 secured bond and was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center
Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards indicated law enforcement was first notified just before 3 pm on the 28th and “worked quickly” with the school’s resource officer to investigate. By early evening, officers had obtained warrants for Quinteros-Rodriguez’s arrest.
“The Clinton Police Department is continuing to investigate this case and work with Clinton City School officials to determine the extent of Mr. Quinteros’ alleged crimes and if there were other possible victims,” said Chief Edwards.
Clinton City Schools released the following statement:
“As soon as the school system learned of these allegations, law enforcement was notified and the employee was suspended. The school system will continue to offer its full cooperation to law enforcement as the investigation continues. The safety and well-being of our students remain our highest priority. Due to the ongoing investigation, the school system cannot comment further at this time.”
John Lowe, Executive Director of Technology and Auxiliary Services for Clinton City Schools confirms that Quinteros-Rodrigues worked for the school for three years as a math teacher. Clinton City Schools are located in Sampson County.
Lowe also said Quinteros-Rodriguez has been suspended. It was not made clear if the suspension was paid or unpaid.
According to licensure records, Quinteros-Rodriguez received his North Carolina Teaching License in 2016. It is due to expire in June of this year.
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