A Brunswick County Public Schools employee was arrested in South Carolina on a sex charge involving a minor.
Jeffrey O’Neill Hibbert Jr. was arrested on Mar. 14 and charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was arrested in South Carolina.
It is unclear from the charging documents whether or not the crime took place in North Carolina or South Carolina or if it involved a student at the school Hibbert worked at.
He was being held at the Horry County Detention Center but was released on Mar. 15. on a $5,000 bond.
At the time of his arrest, Hibbert was working at Town Creek Middle School.
A LinkedIn profile that appears to be associated with Hibbert says he is a “Behavior Specialist at Brunswick County Schools.”
Brunswick County Public Schools confirmed to at least one media outlet that Hibbert has been employed with the district since July of 2020. He has been suspended with pay
A request for more information about Hibbert place with the Brunswick communication office confirmed he was suspended without pay effective 3/16/2022 and “pending possible further disciplinary action.”
The communications staff for the district also confirmed Hibbert was hired on July 1, 2020, as a custodian. The district also said that a background check is done on all employees prior to hire but did not say if a check on Hibbert had been repeated since his hire date.
According to licensing records on file with the state of North Carolina, Hibbert has a valid and active teaching license in the area of “Elementary Education (K-6).” The license, unless revoked, will expire in June of 2023.