Former Johnston County elementary principal charged with sexual assault

An elementary principal in the Johnston County Public Schools system has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of an adult male.



Daniel Cole Yarborough, age 33, was arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, charged with second degree forcible sex offense. The charge is a Class C felony, punishable by 44 to 182 months in prison.

He is accused of sexually assaulting a 31-year-old male neighbor. He is currently being held at the Johnston County Detention Center under a $ 250,000 secured bond.

Yarborough was the principal of Glendale Kenly Elementary School starting in 2017. After being suspended with pay, he immediately resigned. State law requires the district to report Yarborough’s resignation for failing to give a 30-day notice and for his resignation being related to criminal arrest.

Other roles Yarborough held in Johnston County Public Schools include teaching seventh-grade math at Archer Lodge Middle School (2009 to 2014), senior assistant at Cleveland High School (2014 to 2016), and senior assistant at South Smithfield Elementary (2016).

The Johnston County Public School District issued a statement:

“Mr. Cole Yarborough was immediately suspended from his payments after the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office notified JCPS of his arrest. Mr. Yarborough resigned from Johnston County Public Schools with immediate effect. Mr. Yarborough was. former principal of Glendale-Kenly Elementary School. Kelly Holland. Currently acting principal.”

State records show an active teaching license for Yarborough in the areas of School Administrator: Principal, Academically or Intellectually Gifted, Science 6-9, Mathematics 6-9. His license, unless revoked, will expire on June 30, 2022.

Yarborough is the ninth public education employee arrest tracked by this website in 2021.

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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