A former Winston-Salem area charter school teacher plead guilty this week to indecent liberties charges involving two female students.
Tyrus Khali Cromartie, age 27, was arrested and charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Cromartie plead guilty in court on Tuesday, June 8, the same date he was arrested according to police records. He was sentenced to 10 to 12 months in prison and a suspended sentence of 10 to 12 months.
As part of his sentencing, Cromartie is also required to register as a sex offender for the next 30 years and cannot be alone with a minor.
Police conducted an investigation of the allegations involving two minor females. An examination of electronic devices confirmed that Cromartie had sent text messages inviting the girls to have sex with him, if they would have a threesome with him, and to send him pictures to him.
Both of the girls were students at Quality Education Academy, a charter school in Winston-Salem, where Cromartie had taught math for several years.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal report, Quality Education Academy allowed Cromartie to continue teaching math at the school despite being informed of the allegations against him.
Excerpt from Winston-Salem Journal:
Numerous times over texts, a former teacher at Quality Education Academy tried to get two female students to have sex with him and to perform other sexual acts, including a threesome, a Forsyth County prosecutor alleged in court Tuesday.
The students were 13 and 14 at the time, and nothing physical happened. But, Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said, Tyrus Khalil Cromartie, 27, sent text messages, suggesting possible times to meet and telling the students to delete messages. She said Cromartie continued working at QEA even after police notified the school about the investigation.
Cromartie of Scott Hollow Drive pleaded guilty Tuesday in Forsyth Superior Court to two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Winston-Salem law enforcement first received a report about Cromartie in October of 2019.
There is a valid teaching license on file with the state for Cromartie that was issued July 7, 2018. The license expires on June 30 of this year. He is licensed in the areas of Mathematics 6-9.
Cromartie is the ninth non-public school education employee arrest tracked by this website in 2021.
Update: As of June 16, 2021, Cromartie is incarcerated at the Roanoke River Corrections facility. His term is set at one year and nine months.