Two separate private school educators charged with sex crimes involving students

Two separate private school educators, one in Rolesville and one in Reidsville, have been charged with sex crimes related to students and minors they had contact with.

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Paula Louise Stinson, age 30, was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with twelve counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Stinson was issued a $75,000 bond which she posted and was released. Records accessed on Feb. 14 list her custody status as unsupervised “home incarceration.”

“Investigators discovered that several text messages exchanged between Stinson and the juvenile male student were intercepted by the boy’s parents and turned over to authorities. During the investigation, it was also discovered that the suspect and student had engaged in inappropriate interactions at the school and boy’s home, over a two-week period,” the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Stinson was the physical education teacher at the Thales campus in Rolesville. The school is a private school with eleven campuses across North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Thales Academy issued a short statement, indicating she has been fired:

“Mrs. Stinson has been terminated as an employee of Thales Academy, effective immediately. Thales Leadership is actively communicating with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and cooperating with their investigation.”

There is no teaching license on file with the state for Stinson.

A principal of a parochial school in Reidsville has also been charged in recent weeks.

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Horace Branford Aldridge, Jr. age 50, was charged on Jan. 27 with five counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of taking indecent liberties with a student.

Records show that Aldridge was issued a $400,000 secured bond which he has not posted and remains incarcerated at the Rockingham County Detention Center.

The arrest was the result of a joint effort by the Reidsville Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

This investigation is still ongoing.  Anyone with relevant information is asked to call Investigator Santana Menard at 336-347-2305 or Lt. Dennis Haley at 336-347-2341. Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.

Officials at the Community Baptist Church and School assisted law enforcement in their investigation. While the school has not yet issued a formal statement or responded to requests for comment, all reports of his arrest refer to Aldridge as a “former” principal.

There is no record of a teaching license on file with the state for Aldridge.

About A.P. Dillon

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