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Additional charges filed against former Clayton teacher

Posted March 2, 2012
Updated March 16, 2012

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— Clayton police on Friday added to the charges against a man who once taught at Johnston County's Archer Lodge Middle School.

Paul Clifton Canally, 29, of 148 Buchanan Lane, was arrested Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused a teenage boy numerous times over a 19-month span. On Friday, police added more charges of statutory rape and soliciting a child by computer.

The case came to light when a boy went to police in February and told them graphic details about the alleged abuse he endured. The investigation remains open, and police have asked others with knowledge about Canally to come forward. He was being held in the Johnston County Jail under more than $2 million bond.

Canally was a seventh-grade science teacher at Archer Lodge Middle School from August 2007 to July 2009, when he resigned for personal reasons, Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said.

Sessoms said there were no written complaints against Canally during his tenure, and the school district took no disciplinary actions against him.

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  • soccermom21 Mar 5, 2012

    They should be encouraged to come forward. He was texting boys in his classes and showing up at their after school events. And it was brought to JCS' attention......

  • thesmiths1013 Mar 2, 2012

    I believe the media is saying a former Archers Lodge teacher because they are encouraging more people who went to that school at that time frame to come forward.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 2, 2012

    Yep keep sending your kids to these wonderful schools.

  • jeff27577 Mar 2, 2012

    for the same reason people out of any respectable position are referred to. ie. LEO, military, etc.

  • Jeremiah Mar 2, 2012

    "why does WRAL keep calling him a Clayton teacher? he has not taught there since 2009... seems like you're just trying to get a rise with this headline."

    well, they could say "ex-teacher", but its pretty relevant that he was a teacher, since he's accused of molesting school age boys. dontcha think?

  • smack Mar 2, 2012

    why does WRAL keep calling him a Clayton teacher? he has not taught there since 2009... seems like you're just trying to get a rise with this headline.