Guilford County Schools teacher charged with multiple counts of sex act with a student

A Guilford County Public Schools teacher has been charged by Greensboro police with multiple counts of a sex act with a student.

Matthew Jonathan Rickard - Guilford - quiet epidemic

Matthew Jonathan Rickard

Matthew Jonathan Rickard, age 37, is charged with three counts of sex acts with a student stemming from incidents reported to have occurred between 2015 and 2017.

Rickard was issued a $75,000 secured bond which he appears to have posted as he is not listed as an inmate in any jail facility in the Greensboro area.

Guilford County Schools Chief of Staff Nora Carr issued a statement indicating Rickard had resigned:

“Student safety is very important to us and this kind of behavior will simply not be tolerated at Page High or in GCS. When we learned of these allegations in January, we immediately notified law enforcement and suspended the employee, who resigned on Friday. We also plan to notify the state officials so they can determine whether to revoke this individual’s teaching license.”

Rickard had been working at Page High School as an English teacher and was also the yearbook advisor. It is unclear if the alleged incidents involving Rickard occurred at that school.

Rickard does have an active teaching license with the state of North Carolina in the area of English 9-12 which will expire on June 30. He is the thirteenth North Carolina teacher arrest reported by this website.

This case is ongoing and the public is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000 if they have any relevant information.

After several months of inactivity, the State Board of Education website where licensure discipline is recorded has been updated. The following are the licensure disciplinary actions listed so far for 2020:

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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