Former North Carolina teacher pleads guilty to taking indecent liberties

Tyrus Cromartie mugshot
Tyrus Cromartie mugshot(Forsyth County Detention Center)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:38 AM EDT
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A former teacher at a Winston-Salem charter school pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Tyrus Cromartie was sentenced to 10 to 12 months in prison with an additional 10 to 12 months suspended.

He must register as a sex offender and cannot be alone with a minor child without supervision.

Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious says the former Quality Education Academy math teacher tried to get two students, aged 13 and 14 at the time, to have sex with him. They never met, Chavious says, but Cromartie sent the girls text messages suggesting possible meeting times.

Cromartie’s attorney says his client was fully cooperative and has met with a counselor.

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