A teacher who worked for Rowan-Salisbury Public Schools has resigned after he was arrested on sex charges involving a minor.
UPDATE: Jason Carpintero was convicted on April 4, 2022, of indecent liberties with a child and sexual exploitation of a minor in the third degree. He also had to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 10 years.
Jason Scott Carpintero, age 51, has been charged with one count of felony indecent liberties with a child. Deputies arrested Carpintero at his home. He was then taken before a magistrate who issued a $250,000 secured bond. Records indicate Carpintero has not posted bond and is still in custody.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office indicated that the child victim is not a student at the high school where Carpintero taught. Law enforcement officials also indicated that it appears there is only one victim, but the investigation is ongoing.
Warrants for Carpintero’s arrest state that he “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did commit and attempt to commit a lewd and lascivious act upon the body of (alleged victim), who was under the age of 16 years at the time.”
Up until his arrest, Carpintero was a teacher in the Exceptional Children’s Department at Salisbury High School. Rowan-Salisbury Schools issued a statement that Carpintero was suspended with pay on Nov. 12 and he resigned on Nov. 17, 2020.
Per state statute, Rowan-Salisbury Public schools is required to report Carpintero to the N.C. State Board of Education :
According to the district, he had been a teacher assistant and teacher at Salisbury High School since Aug.1, 2019. Carpintero also held a teacher’s assistant position at East Rowan High School starting in Feb. 2018 until he moved to Salisbury High in 2019. Starting in Dec. 2014, he worked as a substitute in the district.
Carpintero was just issued his NC Teaching license in July of this year in the area of Exceptional Children: Adapted Curriculum (K-12). Unless revoked, state records show his license will remain valid until 2021. He is the 26th education employee arrest tracked by this website in 2020.
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