A Duplin County Public Schools teacher has been charged with indecent liberties involving a student.
James Faulkner, age 46, has been charged with four counts of felony indecent liberties with a child and four counts of felony indecent liberties with a student.
Faulkner was given a $50,000 dollar secure bond which he has apparently posted. His next court appearance is set for Jan. 14.
Reporting on the arrest started showing up on Jan. 11, however, Faulkner was actually arrested and charged on Dec. 17, 2021.
Faulkner is the second educator to be arrested near the end of 2021 where media reporting on the incident occurred weeks later in 2022. Clinton Justin Jones, an Anson County Public Schools teacher was arrested and charged with 18 counts of 3rd-degree sexual exploitation on Dec. 30, 2021.
According to law enforcement, the victim was one of Faulkner’s students and he is accused of touching private body parts of the student. During the investigation, individuals came forward and made statements they had actually witnessed some of the incidents.
According to warrants, the alleged incidents happened between Aug. 23 and Nov. 19th.
Duplin County Public Schools had apparently suspended Faulkner with pay on Nov. 19, 2021, after the Duplin Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation that a teacher had inappropriately touched a student. Faulkner later resigned on Dec. 31, 2021.
Duplin County’s superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan said that “The school system holds all employees to high ethical and professional standards as the safety of all students and staff is our priority.”
Faulkner had been an employee of Duplin County schools for 20 years. At the time of his arrest, he was a seventh-grade teacher at Beulaville Elementary School and also coached a girl’s basketball team.
State records show Faulkner has an active teaching license in North Carolina that is set to expire in June of this year.