A former Caldwell County teacher pleaded guilty to assault on a female while sex crime charges originally filed against him involving a child were dropped.
Justin Biggs pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a child and assault on a female, meanwhile, the five indecent liberties with a child charges and a single charge of felonious restraint were all dropped.
In 2017, the Lenoir police department charged then-29-year-old Justin Biggs with five felony counts of indecent liberties with a child earlier in December. Court documents stated that Biggs had been accused of “committing a lewd act on a child.”
Biggs was a math teacher and softball coach at the school. School officials confirmed Biggs has resigned. William Lenoir Middle is located in Caldwell County in North Carolina.
Reports made by students at Granite Falls Middle School and William Lenoir Middle School led to an investigation and Biggs’ subsequent arrest.
According to media reports, Caldwell County School officials decided Biggs’ behavior at Granite Falls had been “childish and immature but not criminal.” The district didn’t fire him but instead moved to William Lenoir Middle School. When allegations came up at William Lenoir, the district allowed him to resign right after he had been placed on paid suspension.
What the district did with Biggs is commonly known as “passing the trash.” In education circles, “passing the trash” is when a district moves a problem teacher to a different school or allows one to resign and go elsewhere.
Later in Dec. 2017, Biggs was arrested on one count of felonious restraint. A warrant for Biggs arrest that was obtained by WBTV accused him of restraining a girl under the age of 16 and then moving her from the place of initial restraint without her parents’ consent.
According to state records, Biggs’ North Carolina Teaching license is still active and valid. With a guilty plea now entered, that status should change to revoked, however, the state-run web page that tracks licensure disciplinary actions has not been updated since March.