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Ex-Fayetteville principal charged with student sex crimes

Posted October 11, 2013

— A former Cumberland County principal was charged Friday with molesting and sexually assaulting students at his schools, authorities said.

David Ellis Edwards, 49, of 7204 Tobago Place, was charged with two counts each of second-degree forcible sex offense and sexual acts with a student and five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was released on a $140,000 unsecured bond with the condition that he refrain from contact with any child under 16.

An investigation determined there were at least three victims of the alleged crimes, which authorities said were committed at Ramsey Street Alternative Middle School and Douglas Byrd Middle School between 2009 and 2011.

David Edwards Former principal charged with sex crimes

The victims, boys ages 11 to 14, told authorities that they were touched inappropriately or were forced to participate in sexual acts with Edwards. On at least one occasion, a crime is alleged to have occurred while a parent unknowingly sat in a waiting area in the office of Edwards' school, authorities said.

Edwards joined Cumberland County Schools in 1998 and was principal at Ramsey Street Alternative Middle School from 2005 until three years ago, when he became principal at Douglas Byrd Middle School.

He resigned Aug. 6, authorities said.

Edwards' attorney, Jim Parish, said Friday that his client "is not guilty."

The case remains under investigation, and anyone who might have been victimized is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • Lab mom Oct 14, 2013

    Anyone remember the principal at Eastover Central a few years ago that was charged on same? It was a lie. Give him a chance before you sentence him.

  • tgiv Oct 14, 2013

    There is no need for either one. There are plenty of people like Ax Man to raise spurious issues already on this discussion group.

  • AX MAN Oct 14, 2013

    Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They should be on TV complaining that this man is being treated unfairly.

  • clickhere Oct 11, 2013


    good point. this man committed a crime against minors who had no choice. he needs to pay the penalty, which I hope is very severe given his position in the community.

  • silverpearlgirl Oct 11, 2013

    Dear Commenters,

    I just wanted to clear up something here...

    Pedophiles and homosexuals are two completely separate groups.

    Pedophiles prey on children male or female for sexual pleasure.

    Homosexuals are attracted to people of the same sex. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles and aunts. We are allowed by law to raise children.

    Pedophilia is child rape and no matter the pedophiles preference in the sex of the child they rape, they are still pedophiles and are disgusting, immoral, and unlawful.

    Please do not lump this man in with us, we don't want him.


    A Homosexual

  • busyb97 Oct 11, 2013


  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 11, 2013

    ProudConservative2 - "True ALL this needs to stop, but it seems that the majority of these older men go after young boys. Close your eyes if you wish. That's not a slam against gays, just a fact."

    I'd love to see the statistics on that.

    And I didn't take this as a slam against gays, I saw it as trivializing those who prey on little girls.

  • ProudConservative2 Oct 11, 2013

    "This illegal homosexual contact with these children has to stop."

    Charlesboyer-Correction: The illegal contact with children has to stop. Heterosexual, homosexual, ANY sexual. Adults should know better and should never touch a child in any way, no matter who, no matter when.

    True ALL this needs to stop, but it seems that the majority of these older men go after young boys. Close your eyes if you wish. That's not a slam against gays, just a fact.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 11, 2013

    dirtydozen431 - "This illegal homosexual contact with these children has to stop."

    All sexual contact with children has to stop - homosexual or not!!!

    And our judicial departments across the country need to work harder to keep children safe from those who would prey on them. Letting them out with a low bail/bond, with just a slap on the wrist or with low prison time just allows time to put innocents in their cross-hairs again, which is insane on the part of our magistrates and judges.

  • djofraleigh Oct 11, 2013

    Oh no!