Former teacher and former coach at James Kenan High charged by SBI

Daughtry / Favela
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Published: Jun. 10, 2020 at 3:33 PM EDT
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Two former employees at a Duplin County high school have been charged with having sex with students.

The State Bureau of Investigation today charged Jessica Daughtry with two counts of felony sexual activity with a student. The former James Kenan High School teacher turned herself in just before 10:00 a.m.

About an hour later, Angelica Favela, the former volleyball coach at the high school, was charged with one count of felony sexual activity with a student. She also turned herself in at the county jail.

The SBI says the crimes involved former students and happened off-campus between 2017 and 2018.

Daughtry was jailed on a $20,000 unsecured bond, and Favela received a $15,000 unsecured bond.

The SBI began its investigation last October at the request of District Attorney Ernie Lee.

Duplin County Schools released a statement saying, " At Duplin County Schools, the safety of our students and staff is top priority. Allegations of employee misconduct are taken very seriously. When the district was contacted by law enforcement regarding such allegations involving Jessica Smith-Daughtry, per board policy, she was immediately suspended pending the results of a thorough investigation by law enforcement. Jessica Smith-Daughtry resigned from Duplin County Schools on January 11, 2020. Angelica Castro Favela periodically served as a non-faculty coach for Duplin County Schools. Her last coaching assignment was in 2017. Due to laws and regulations regarding confidentiality, the District is not at liberty to disclose additional information. "