In November, a Chapel Hill middle school teacher was arrested on sexual-related charges that do not involve a student or school staff member.
Frederick Demetrius Feely, age 52, was arrested by Raleigh Police on Dec. 14 and charged with one count of second-degree forcible sexual offense, which is a Class C felony carrying a sentence of 44 to 182 months.
Law enforcement records show Feely was released and is currently under home incarceration.
According to state statute, second-degree forcible sex offense is defined as engaging in a sex act with another person against that person’s will or with someone who has “a mental disability or who is mentally incapacitated or physically helpless.”
Feely is an exceptional children’s resource teacher at McDougle Middle School in Chapel Hill. He was hired by the Chapel Hill Carborro district around three years ago in 2017.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby said in a statement that Feely has been suspended with pay pending an investigation.
“The arrest of Mr. Feely leaves us all concerned. While the crime for which he has been charged does not involve any school district student or other staff member, he is a teacher in our school district,” said Causby.
Parents of McDougle Middle School students were notified of the arrest by Principal Robert Bales via voicemail. Before working at McDougle, Feely worked at eely also worked at Smith Middle School.
Feely has an active North Carolina teaching license:
License Number: 715237
Name: FEELY, FREDERICK DEMETRIUS
License Type: Educator
License Status: Current
Expiration Date: 06/30/2022
Effective Date: 07/01/2020
License Area(s): Cross Categorical K-12
School Administrator: Principal
Feely is the 27th educator arrest in 2020 tracked by this website. This site has documented four arrests this year of non-teaching school employees.
The teacher licensing discipline and revocations log maintained by the State Board of Education was recently updated. As of the publishing of this article, a total of 31 teachers have been reprimanded, had their licenses revoked or suspended, or have voluntarily surrendered their licenses.
A list of the disciplinary actions and revocations posted to date can be viewed here.