An Edgecombe County Public Schools teacher has been arrested and charged with indecent liberties involving a child.
Zachary Warren Lamm, age 31, was charged with indecent liberties with a child following an investigation by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.
Lamm was arrested on Sept. 26, taken before a magistrate, and was issued a secured bond in the amount of $100,000. Lamm was taken to the Edgecombe County Detention Center. He later posted his bond and was released the same day.
According to a post on Facebook by the sheriff’s office, an investigation into Lamm began on Sept. 17 following a call from Edgecombe County Public Schools about a sexual assault that took place at Coker-Wimberly Elementary School in Battleboro, NC.
“The victim in this case reported to their parents that a teacher at the school inappropriately touched them,” the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office post says. “The Detective Division began working on this case immediately after being notified. The school system was also conducting its investigation into this matter.”
Lamm holds an active North Carolina teaching license, per records on file with the state in the areas of Health and Physical Education, Music K-12, and Physical Education. The license held by Lamm was issued in July of 2018 and will expire on 06/30/2023 unless revoked before that time.
According to the communications department for Edgecombe County Public Schools, Lamm has been suspended with pay and issued the following statement:
“We are aware that an ECPS employee, Zachary Lamm, was arrested and charged yesterday. Mr. Lamm, a teacher at Coker-Wimberly Elementary School, was suspended with pay effective September 19, 2022, pending further investigation. The Edgecombe County Public Schools is cooperating fully with law enforcement during their investigation and encourages anyone with information to contact the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.
We take the safety and well-being of our students seriously. Student safety is our top priority, and we encourage parents and students to immediately report any safety concerns. As always, our counseling staff is available to students who need support.”
The district indicated Lamm was first hired in February of 2021 and a background check was performed.