An Iredell high school teacher has been arrested on charges involving a student and lewd text messages.
John Dean Woody, age 23, was arrested on Jan. 6 and has been charged with felony indecent liberties with a student. He was issued a $25,000 secured bond, which he apparently posted. Records do not show he is currently incarcerated.
The charge is a Class I felony, which carries a sentence of three to 12 months in jail.
Woody is the first educator arrest tracked by this website in 2021.
According to the statement from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, “a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office regarding a teacher at North Iredell High School communicating inappropriately with a student.”
The School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to the high school was made aware of the claims and he immediately notified the sheriff’s office.
“During the investigation, detectives gathered information about John Dean Woody, a science teacher at North Iredell High School, having exchanged messages with a student. The messages were sexual in nature,” the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office statement reads.
Iredell-Statesville Schools indicates that Woody is suspended with pay pending an investigation. Woody has worked for the district for only a few months, beginning in September of 2020.
Records indicate that Woody has a valid North Carolina teaching license which, unless revoked, will not expire until June of 2023:
Current Date: 01/09/2021 02:55 PM
License Number: 1246790
Name: Woody, John Dean
License Type: Educator
License Status: Current
Expiration Date: 06/30/2023
Effective Date: 07/20/2020
License Area(s): Science: Biology 9-12
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