Onslow elementary teacher arrested for exposing himself to a child

An Onslow County Public Schools elementary teacher has been arrested for exposing himself to a child.

2023-05-05 GREGORY MORRIS - ONSLOW

GREGORY JAMES MORRIS

Gregory James Morris, age 59, was arrested on May 6 by Jacksonville Police and charged with one count of indecent exposure.

No bond or court appearance information was available at the time of publication.

The incident was reported to law enforcement on Mar. 6 of this year.

According to a statement by Onslow County Public Schools Chief Communications Officer Brent Anderson, the incident did not occur at Parkwood Elementary where Morris worked.

Anderson confirmed the district had suspended Morris with pay on Mar. 13 pending the outcome of the investigation into the charges. He also said that Morris started working in the district on Nov. 28, 2016, teaching 4th grade at Parkwood Elementary, but had also taught 2nd and 3rd grades.

This is not the first time Morris has been arrested on exposure charges, according to the Jacksonville Daily News:

Previously, Morris, who served as assistant principal at North Brunswick High School in 2006, was arrested Oct. 8, 2006 after two people spotted a man exposing and touching himself on the eighth-floor balcony of the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel, according to the Wilmington Star News.

Morris was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Morris is the son of former New Hanover County Schools Superintendent John Morris.

The outcome of the case in New Hanover County is unknown at this time.

It is also unclear how Morris managed to pass a background check following the 2006 arrest. Onslow County Public Schools’ communications spokesperson said that “a criminal background check is conducted for all hires within Onslow County Schools,” but would offer no additional information due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

As mentioned in the Jacksonville Daily News story, Morris’ father, Dr. D. John Morris, also worked in education as the superintendent of New Hanover County Public Schools starting in 1998 and ending in May 2007, when he became the chief student services officer for Guilford County Public Schools. Dr. Morris was later named the new Florence School District 5 superintendent.

There is no teaching license, either current or expired, on file with the state for a “Gregory James Morris.”

The investigation into Morris is still active.

Jacksonville Police is asking that anyone with information contact Criminal Investigations Division Detective Adrian Wilson by phone at 910-938-6520 or by email at wilsona@jacksonvillenc.gov.

Tips and information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

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: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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