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DEPUTIES: Teacher/coach improperly touched child at elementary school

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:14 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2022 at 2:03 PM EST
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BEULAVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A Duplin County teacher accused of improperly touching a student at an elementary school will be in court on Friday.

Court records say James Faulkner, of Beulaville, is due in court after being charged last month with four counts of felony indecent liberties with a child and four counts of felony indecent liberties with a student.

Faulkner was a seventh-grade teacher at Beulaville Elementary School as well as the girl’s basketball coach. He was charged by Duplin County deputies a week before Christmas.

Deputies say the crimes happened at the school and they opened their investigation on November 19th. The arrest warrants say the crimes happened between August 23rd and November 19th.

Beulaville Elementary School
Beulaville Elementary School(WITN)

The student was in one of Faulkner’s classes, according to deputies. They said there were “many incidents of inappropriate touching to private areas” of the child’s body.

Deputies say once they began their investigation, witnesses came forward saying that they have personally seen the touching.

The 46-year-old Faulkner worked for the school system for 20 years. Duplin County Schools said the teacher had no previous disciplinary actions until he was suspended with pay on November 19th.

Faulkner then resigned on December 31st, according to the school system.

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