Goldsboro police announce criminal investigations into former private school headmaster

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WITN)- A police department says that it is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and embezzlement by a now former private school headmaster.

Wayne Country Day School Headmaster Todd Anderson resigned from his position this week following an investigation by an outside law firm.

In a letter to parents this week, school trustees said that the investigation uncovered inappropriate sexual conduct with students, financial impropriety, an inappropriate sexual relationship with a faculty member, and serving alcohol to students under age 21 in his home.

In a press release on Friday, Goldsboro police said that they were contacted Friday by a representative for the school in regards to allegations of embezzlement by Anderson. Officials say an incident report was completed and preliminary information was collected with a criminal investigation to ensue.

Police say that in regards to the public allegations made about sexual misconduct at the school by Anderson, to-date, there have been no criminal complaints filed with police by any current or former students or their parents or guardians. Police say they are taking steps to try to identify any potential victims in regard to the allegations.

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The board of trustees for a private school here in the east says that its headmaster has stepped down following allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with students and other concerning actions.

Amita Shreenath, Board of Trustees Chair for Wayne Country Day School, sent a letter to parents announcing the resignation of Headmaster Todd Anderson.

In the letter, Shreenath says that an investigation by an outside law firm discovered that Anderson identified certain high school students for special treatment and engaged in inappropriate physical contact with those students. It also says that there are credible allegations that he made sexual advances toward students.

Anderson is also said in the letter to have hired a former high school student of his and had an inappropriate sexual relationship with them.

In addition, the investigation accuses Anderson of taking substantial sums of money for his personal benefit without authorization from the board and also mismanaged the schools international account.

The letter also says Anderson used vulgar language toward faculty and students as well as served alcohol to students under 21 in his home.

The allegations have been reported to law enforcement for further investigation, according to the school.

"We know how disturbing and disappointing this news is for everyone at Wayne Country Day School," the letter reads, "The Board is committed to ensuring that any child, parent, teacher, or other community member feels supported in coming forward with concerns, both today and in future years."

A meeting for upper school students was held Wednesday morning, while one for parents was held that night.

A second meeting for parents is being held Thursday at 5:30 p.m in the performing arts room at the school.