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FIRST ON WITN: Substitute Teacher Charged In Sex Case

A former substitute teacher in Pitt County is in custody, accused of multiple sex crimes with a 14-year old female student.

Christopher Rhodes is charged with indecent liberties with a minor and first degree statutory sex offense. According to Pitt County schools, the 28-year-old served as as substitute teacher since December 2011 before he was suspended on January 3rd. Captain Paula Dance with The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says she can't confirm whether or not the incidents took place on school grounds, or if Rhodes was a substitute teacher in any of the girl's classes. She says it's a difficult case for law enforcement to work with.

"Most of us have children and certainly can empathize with parents who are finding out that people who you trust or that you entrust your children to, would be the perpetrators of these types of crimes," said Captain Dance.

School system spokesperson Heather Mayo says Rhodes worked at 7 different schools across Pitt County over the last year. He is jailed on a $500,000 bond.


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A substitute school teacher is accused of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old girl.

Pitt County deputies arrested Christopher Rhodes this afternoon and the man was taken before a magistrate at the jail. He's been charged with first degree statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor.

Captain Paula Dance tells WITN that they can't confirm whether or not Rhodes taught the victim in school. She said they are still investigating exactly where the crimes allegedly took place.

Pitt County Schools says the 28-year-old Rhodes was suspended from substitute teaching on January 3rd. Rhodes earned $70 a day subbing, and has been with the school system since December 2011.

School system spokeswoman Heather Mayo says over the last year Rhodes worked at Farmville Central, D.H. Conley, G.R. Whitfield Middle, Wintergreen Primary, H.B. Sugg Elementary, Sam D. Bundy Elementary, and Wahl-Coates Elementary School.

Rhodes is jailed on a $500,000 bond.


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