NEW INFO: Teacher Suspended After Classroom Sexual Assault

The teacher who was in a Pitt County classroom when a girl says she was sexually assaulted isn't teaching today, while two of the suspects now face kidnapping charges.

Pitt County Schools spokeswoman Heather Mayo confirms that the Farmville Central High School teacher has been suspended with pay.

Three students were charged Tuesday for the assault. Sheriff Neil Elks says a teacher was in the classroom at the time and that the assault occurred in another part of the room.

The victim was a 16-year-old female student at the school.

Deputies say 19-year-old Brandon Thomas and 17-year-old Antonio Wooten are now charged with first degree kidnapping. A Pitt County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says the new charges are because the two teens are accused of holding the victim against her will.

Thomas had already been charged with first degree sex offense, while Wooten with first degree conspiracy to commit sex offense. A third suspect, Elvert Brown, is accused of first degree sexual battery, a misdemeanor.


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Three students have been charged in connection with a sexual assault at Farmville Central High School on Tuesday.

Sheriff Neil Elks says the assault happened in a classroom at the school. He says a teacher was in the classroom at the time and that the assault occurred in another part of the room.

Deputies say 19-year-old Brandon Thomas is charged with first degree sex offense, 17-year-old Antonio Wooten with first degree conspiracy to commit sex offense and Elvert Brown is accused of first degree sexual battery, a misdemeanor.

Thomas and Wooten's bonds are $250,000, while Brown's was set at $5,000.

Court records show Thomas has a pending misdemeanor charge of assault with a deadly weapon in Pitt County. He has a March 7th court date on that offense.

The school system says all three suspects are students, as well as the 16-year-old female victim. School spokeswoman Heather Mayor says it happened around 3:30 p.m. and the victim reported the assault to administrators.

The school system says it's doing its own internal investigation.

Parents say they received an automated phone call from the school's principal this morning saying a possible sexual assault was being investigating that happened on campus Tuesday.

Mayo says this is the fourth reported sexual offense or assault at Pitt County schools so far this academic year. She says on the average they have three or four such cases each year.

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