CMS employee arrested on indecent liberties, kidnapping charges

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) employee has been arrested and charged with taking indecent liberties with a student as well as a kidnapping charge.

2023-02-08 DAVID LUCAS - CMS


David Lucas, age 25, was arrested on Feb. 8 and charged with indecent liberties with a child, taking indecent liberties with a student by a school administrator, and first-degree kidnapping.

The exact nature of the kidnapping charge is clear in the arrest record, however, depending on the circumstances, first-degree kidnapping can either be a Class C (44 to 182 months in prison) or Class E felony (15 to 63 months in prison).

Records access on Feb. 9 show Lucas is being held at the Mecklenburg Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond

Lucas is employed by the district as a “family engagement advocate” and had been working at Wilson STEM Academy at the time of the arrest. The victim is a student at the school.

In a statement to the media, CMS said Lucas has been suspended with pay:

“The employee in question has been suspended with pay, pending investigation. It is our understanding that CMPD Crimes Against Children unit is conducting a separate investigation.”

There is no teaching NC license on file with the state for Lucas.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips:
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