A former band teacher at Chatham Central High School who was arrested in 2017 and later convicted of multiple sexual-related felonies involving a student has been transferred to “minimum custody” at a state prison in Lillington, located in Harnett County.
According to the state, “Minimum custody offenders may be eligible to participate in community based programs, such as work release, study release, or home leave.”
Woodard received a sentence of a maximum of 14 years and five months. The minimum he can serve is seven years and 10 months. He began serving his sentence on Aug. 17, 2017, which is a total so far of only 3 years, 7 months, and 15 days.
In 2017, Robert Woodard III was a band teacher at Chatham Central High School prior to his arrest. He was 28 years old at the time.
At that time, Woodard’s charges included 8 felony counts of indecent liberties with a student, 7 felony counts of first-degree sexual offense of a child 15 years of age or younger, and 18 felony counts of a felony sex act with a student.
Woodard had allegedly passed a background check to teach in Chatham County schools. His North Carolina teaching license was automatically revoked by the N.C. State Board of education.
Fifteen of the sixteen final charges against Woodard were consolidated for judgment at the time of sentencing.