NEW INFORMATION: Teacher's Assistant & Coach Facing Sex Charges Appears In Court

A former Jones County teaching assistant accused of sex crimes with students bonded out Tuesday and made his first court appearance Friday morning.

34 year old Damion Martin is accused of forcing two of his former Jones Senior High School students to perform sex acts on him. One in 2006, and one just last November.

He was a teacher's assistant at the high school and an assistant football coach there until Tuesday when he turned himself into authorities.

The school system says he is no longer employed there. Martin will seek court appointed counsel and is scheduled to next appear in court April 24th.

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A teacher's assistant and assistant football coach is now under arrest after the State Bureau of Investigation was brought in to look into allegations at Jones Senior High School.

Dammion Martin of Maysville has been charged with two counts each of 2nd degree sexual offense, 2nd degree sexual activity by school personnel, and crimes against nature.

The 34-year-old turned himself into the SBI in Jacksonville this morning. He's now en route to the Onslow County jail under a $100,000 bond.

The school system says Martin is no longer employed by them.

A month and a half ago, district attorney Dewey Hudson asked for the SBI investigation after the victim's father contacted state authorities and said nothing had been done in the case.

The D.A. also asked the SBI to look into whether Jones County officials properly handled the allegations.

Hudson says there are actually two victims. He says one of the offenses happened last November and another during the spring semester of 2006.

Both involved female students at Jones Senior High School and happened at the school.

Hudson says he found no evidence that the Jones County Sheriff's Department did any thing unethical, or that they tried to cover up what happened. The district attorney says he accepts the sheriff's explanation that there was a backlog of cases. He says Sheriff John Hall will now take steps to take to place a school resource officer at the high school.

Allegations were also made that the school system failed to notify law enforcement of the incident last November. Hudson says after looking into this matter it appears the school system did take some steps to notify deputies about last year's case after it happened.

But the D.A. says there are no records that show the school system notified law enforcement about the 2006 case. Not notifying law enforcement of a possible crime on school property to a class 3 misdemeanor, but Hudson says the statute of limitations has expired in that case.

The D.A. says because law enforcement officers were not notified in 2006, deputies did not investigate that situation and "were unable to take action to attempt to protect that student or any others who may have been in harms way."


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Yes you can believe some peoples words. Not everyone lies. There are some decent people left in this world, and I hope the truth does come out. We don't need this kind of thing to worry about all the time. I have children in the school system, and it is something we hope never happens to our children. I'm glad the two girls had the strength to stand up for what is wrong!!!!!!! That says alot!!!!!!!!!! I
  • by .. on Apr 3, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    Can you not read? No one said that the girls ARE lying...they just said they COULD be, just as easily as this guy COULD be. All they're trying to say is you can't believe anyone's word now a days, no matter who it is.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    Sounds like the ones responding about being fair, have double standards, they seem to keep saying that the girls are lying, sounds like the other way around to me. They also say we don't know all the facts. I'm sure that there is alot of facts about him we also don't know as well. Regardless he is a grown man. ACT LIKE ONE.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    That man is sick.HE NEEDS HELP.You send your kids to school, not knowing what's going on.How i see it if two or more girls came foward then it's TRUE, he is the one lieing in all this. Just need to let the Judge take care of it now.
  • by S Location: Washington,NC on Mar 30, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    Unfortunately,this man has already been judged by the headlines whether he is guilty or not...Knowing the judicial system very well after many years of employment,I can say from experience that girls make things up sometimes,and it ruins lives...I have seen it happen too often...but then when the male is cleared of any wrongdoing,it is too late....he has already been ostracized by society....I know nothing of this particular case...the man may be guilty as sin but I wish things like this were investigated more thoroughly before anyone rushes to judgment...And physicial proof of abuse should be required before anyone is charged with this type of crime...Unfortunately,often times officers pursue the case with only a he said/she said level of evidence and that is not justice.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2009 at 03:44 AM
    As a mother of a teenage daughter, I feel for the girls and their parents. We do indeed need to pray for them,and continue to pray that if anyone else has been made to do something unwillingful by this man, that they will have the strength to come forward as well. This takes a lot of courage and strength--I say to to the two girls HOLD YOUR HEADS HIGH, AND MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU BOTH--GOD BLESS
  • by Mom of football player @ JSHS Location: Jones County on Mar 29, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    I agree the whole story is not being disclosed, I know this man personally and my son and I have discussed this, and we just do not believe it, before anyone starts passing judgement get all the facts not just part of it!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    He can also being telling a lie to cover his sexual addiction, for young girls. I agree let the law decide. Maybe then some more girls will come forward. This is a terrible thing to happen to anyone. I pray for the girls involved in this case and any other case. I also hope any other girls involved with this man will come forward and do the right thing. He doesn't need to get away with this crime. I don't feel any girl would say this just to be saying so. I can only imagine what they have been through, and PRAY NO MORE HAVE TO GO THROUGH SUCH A HORRIBLE THING IN OUR SCHOOLS.
  • by Amber Location: Kinston on Mar 28, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    I hope Stephanie P and foryou goes to his court date, and stop being brain washed.
  • by Lorri Location: Kenansville on Mar 28, 2009 at 04:14 AM
    We should not rush to judge. Think of Lillian Helman's 1934 play- "The Children's Hour". Our symphathy belongs with the true victim- the police need to determine who that is, before we rush to destroy lives.
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