Fired Cumberland Schools substitute charged with crimes against minors

A fired Cumberland County Public Schools substitute teacher has been arrested on sex and restraint crimes involving minor children.

2023-05-16 LAKISHA RENEE DAVIS - CUMBERLAND

LA’KISHA RENEE DAVIS

La’Kisha Renee Davis, age 46, was arrested on May 16 by Special Victims Unit Detectives on two counts of indecent liberties with a student and eight counts of felonious restraint.

Felonious restraint is a Class F felony that carries a prison sentence of 10-41 months per incident. If given the maximum for each count, that’s over 27 years in prison for Davis.

Felonious restraint is also considered a lesser included offense of kidnapping under North Carolina state law.

“A person commits the offense of felonious restraint if he unlawfully restrains another person without that person’s consent, or the consent of the person’s parent or legal custodian if the person is less than 16 years old, and moves the person from the place of the initial restraint by transporting him in a motor vehicle or other conveyance.” – NC Felonious Restratint Statute

She was given a $75,000 secured bond and remains in custody at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

The victims are allegedly 13 and 14 years old. The alleged incidents happened during January and February of this year.

According to the warrant for Davis’ arrest, she allegedly asked a student to perform oral sex on an ice cube while she watched them.

Davis is also accused of taking minors to a hotel without telling the parents of the children. Those incidents are alleged to have happened on Feb. 17 and during the weekend of Feb. 24.

The warrant also includes an accusation she asked a female student to send her a video of her kissing her boyfriend. Davis apparently did receive a video from the girl and then instructed the girl how to kiss her boyfriend “correctly.”

Cumberland County Public Schools apparently fired Davis on Mar. 6.

Cumberland County Schools spokesperson Lindsay Whitley issued a statement to media outlets that indicated the allegations were the reason for Davis’ firing.

“When the allegations were brought to our attention, we immediately reported them to law enforcement. This individual is no longer employed by the school system as a substitute teacher or volunteer coach,” Whitley said. “District officials will continue to cooperate with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office as they lead this investigation.”

It was confirmed by district officials that Davis had been a substitute teacher in the district since Sept. 2014. Her most recent assignment was at New Century International Middle School. She had also served as a volunteer coach at that school,

“We take this matter very seriously, as our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and staff. As a part of regular procedures, Cumberland County Schools conducts extensive background checks on all employees,” the district said in the news statement. “When the allegations were brought to our attention, we immediately reported them to law enforcement.”

The statement also confirmed Davis is “no longer employed by the school system as a substitute teacher or volunteer coach,” and that the district is cooperating with law enforcement.

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

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call
Special Victims Detective S. Odenweleder at 910-677-5477 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

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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