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Alamance coach charged with sexually assaulting student

Posted March 24, 2011

— A coach employed by the Alamance-Burlington School System has been accused of sexually assaulting a student.

Burlington police said that a student reported being sexual assaulted by Robert Alfonzo Clapp, 45, at Walter M. Williams High School on Wednesday.

Clapp was charged with statutory sex offense against a person who is 13, 14 or 15 years old and sexual activity between school personnel and student. He was placed in the Alamance County jail under a $150,000 secured bond.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the case should call Burlington police at 336-229-3500 or Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100.


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  • Evidence Is Everywhere Mar 25, 2011

    I really try to let people just have an opinion, and just state mine. It's your right, and the reason for this blog. But seriously bear2010..."student with a grudge falsely accusing you...go run and tell...the wrong thing is misconstrued"? Seriously?? Did you read the article? He was CHARGED with statutory offense against a person 13,14 or 15 years. He was CHARGED with sexual activity between school personnel and a student. You cannot charge someone because this child just decided to "run and tell", I assure you and your "firm hand". I agree with Sunne that his picture doesn't need to be displayed to the Triangle Area, but there had to be evidence that was collected from this young person that warranted this charge. Not a little run and tell...

  • bear2010 Mar 24, 2011

    thank the lord I only taught middle school..the last thing you need is a hs student with a grudge falsely accusing you of a sexual offense, whether its true or not...because then you have to come up with 150large to get out of jail and prove your innocents. middle schoolers are more afraid of the authority figure, they're more likely to stay their distance with you. On the other hand high schoolers have tendency to mix friendship with authoritative figures. and then the wrong thing is misconscrued( did i spell that right?).teenagers don't like to be offended by adults, they're to quick to use their "go run and tell somebody power" You can't be friends these young adults, a firm hand is what they need when they're being educated.

  • Sunne Mar 24, 2011

    Unfortunately, a person doesn't need to be convicted of a crime to have his/her picture advertised. If he committed this crime, he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. People who prey on children need to be isolated.

  • jlh4jdj Mar 24, 2011

    It says he is accused of assault. That is a wide range and could be anything. Including a student who got mad at him and said he did something. I know students never lie or anything but, I don't understand how his face and name are all over the news when he is not convicted of anything. I bet if they find out it was all a lie they will not run a retraction and post it all over the news with the student's name, face, and home address.

  • fish239 Mar 24, 2011

    Lynched without trial, not innocent until proven guilty. In federal court you have 3% chance of winning guilty or not.

  • Caveman93 Mar 24, 2011

    $150K....that's it!?

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 24, 2011

    So are he is only accused of a crime. Should all wait and see what if he gets convicted. Looking at the large bail, either they already know something, or they use a sliding scale.

  • austinpendergraft2 Mar 24, 2011

    By all means, if he is guilty he needs to be imprisoned for life....but lets not forget one is innocent until PROVEN guilty! Accusations do not equal conviction!

  • lisa4 Mar 24, 2011

    jennylock2004 - I agree!!!!!!

  • carolinatarheels01 Mar 24, 2011

    Eduardo... what is the gender of the child? what does it matter? what matters is the fact that they are a CHILD or did somewhere along the way did i miss it makes it ok to sexually assault an underage person b/c they are a he or she???? what the deuce?