A man working as a contract employee in the Winston-Salem-Forsyth school district was arrested last week for exposing his genitalia on school property in front of a child at the Lewisville Middle School. The man has a prior record that includes similar offenses.
Charles Edward Holland, age 24, was arrested on felony count of indecent exposure involving a victim under the age of 16. The arrest occurred on Aug. 25.
The Winston-Salem-Forsyth district indicated Holland was a contracted employee working as a custodian.
Following his arrest, he was issued a $10,000 secured bond, but records indicate he is still in custody as of Aug. 29.
Criminal arrest records show that Holland has committed this offense twice before in Mecklenburg County, but received probation and a suspended sentence.
Holland worked for Supreme Maintenance Organization. The company issued the following statement:
Supreme Maintenance Organization Statement
August 26, 2021
We are appalled by the reported incident at Lewisville Middle School and the charges brought against one of our employees who has been suspended indefinitely. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools has been a long-standing client of Supreme Maintenance Organization. We know the incident has violated the trust of school leaders, parents, teachers, and students. We are very sorry this has happened to these students.
We understand the severity of this situation and are cooperating fully with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office to investigate these charges. We understand this can never happen again and are we committed to taking the immediate necessary steps to rebuild that trust of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools community
Supreme Maintenance Organization (SMO) is committed to providing exceptional customer service and acting with integrity at all times. In light of this incident, we are examining all of our safeguards and conducting a thorough review of the backgrounds of all our current employees who work within the school system, along with updating our current background review process to prevent something like this from happening again.
Again, we sincerely apologize for this incident and the hardships it may have caused.
Winston-Salem-Forsyth Superintendent Tricia McManus also issued a statement, which called for Supreme Maintenance Organization to immediately address its background check processes.
WS/FCS Superintendent Tricia McManus has immediately ordered that SMO do complete
and thorough background checks of all the more than 100 contracted employees.
“This is unacceptable. We put our faith in an organization that to date has provided us with good service,” McManus said in the statement. “Their employees provide a valuable service to our schools by serving as custodians. A gap in SMO’s procedures, however, put an individual in a position that was not safe for students. I will not tolerate that.”
“I have informed SMO that an immediate audit of all other employees must happen now. They must also make immediate changes to their internal processes so this never happens again. If they do not, we will pursue termination of their contract for services. Any individuals that do not meet our standards will be relieved of their duties in our facilities, immediately,” said WS/FCS Superintendent Tricia McManus.
The full Winston-Salem-Forsyth statement can be accessed here.
Holland is the eleventh non-teaching NC public school employee tracked by this website in 2021.