Principal accused of committing sexual acts with students

A former middle school principal in Fayetteville N.C. was arrested Friday after he was accused of committing sexual acts with students at two separate schools.

According to WTVD, David Ellis Edwards, 49, was charged with two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of sexual acts with a student, and five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

At least one of the crimes were reportedly committed while Edward met with a student in his office as the boy’s parent unknowingly waited outside of the room.

Three alleged victims have been identified by detectives — the victims, who are between 11 and 14 years old, told police officers that they were touched inappropriately or forced to participate in sexual acts with the former principal.

The incidences allegedly occurred between 2009 to 2011 on two campuses – Douglas Byrd Middle School and Ramsey Street Alternative.

The news station reports that according to their sources, Edwards was also a pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church in St. Pauls.

Edwards resigned from his position six weeks ago, citing his reason to pursuing educational opportunities. The school system was unaware of the pending investigation at the time.

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