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Chatham County band teacher charged with list of sex crimes involving student

Posted March 9

Robert William Woodard

— Robert William Woodard III, 28, was charged Thursday with 8 counts of felony indecent liberties with a student, 7 counts of felony first-degree sexual offense of a child 15 years of age or younger and 18 counts of felony sex acts with a student, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

Woodard resigned Thursday afternoon from Chatham County Schools, where he was a band teacher at both Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek and Bennett School in Bennett.

An investigation by school officials, along with a tip from a parent, revealed potential violations of law, which the school district reported to the Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office are investigating allegations that Woodard was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female student at Chatham Central High School.

“The well-being of students is our top priority. It always is,” a Chatham County Schools spokesperson said. “We have zero tolerance for inappropriate relationships — both online and offline — between school employees and our students. We will seek the permanent revocation of Woodard’s license as a professional educator with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.”

Woodard is in the Chatham County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond. He is due in Chatham County District Court on March 20.

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  • Tom Harris Mar 9, 11:16 p.m.
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    Jeez, what's going on in NC schools??

  • Jim Frei Mar 9, 9:30 p.m.
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    One time at band camp.....