A Guilford County Public Schools high teacher has been arrested on charges that he raped a student.
Daniel Webster Smith Jr., age 57, has been charged with sex act with a student and second-degree forcible rape. Smith resides in Raleigh.
Second-degree forcible rape is a Class C felony with a sentence of 44 to 182 months in prison. Sex act with a student is a Class G felony that carries a sentence of 8 to 31 months.
Smith was arrested on Nov. 25 and was originally remanded to the Guilford County jail under a $110,000 secured bond. According to arrest records, that bond has been increased to $2.5 million.
The victim is a 17-year-old student at Smith High School. Law enforcement said that the victim self-reported the incident.
Smith was a sergeant and Air Force JROTC instructor at the school. Before being taken down, the school’s website said he taught communication skills as well as, leadership, drill, and life skills.
Guilford County Schools said Smith was hired in February of 2016 and he holds a current North Carolina teaching license in the areas of School Administrator: Principal and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC).
Smith resigned from his position on the day of his arrest. He is the 58th North Carolina school employee arrest tracked by this website since the beginning of 2019.