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Ex-Johnston school officer pleads guilty to obscenity

Posted August 4, 2011

— A former school resource officer at West Johnston High School was placed on probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to sending inappropriate photos of himself to a student.

Todd Fair, 40, of Smithfield, pleaded guilty to one count of disseminating obscenity to a minor under age 16. He was sentenced to three to four months in prison, suspended to 18 months on probation, and was ordered to surrender his law enforcement certification and not to have any contact with the student.

Authorities said the unidentified female student sent 198 text messages to Fair, and he sent six texts to her.

A 10-year veteran of the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, Fair was fired last October when word of the photos surfaced.


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  • imsosorry Aug 8, 2011

    storchheim ~ I agree, and the photos werent even nude photos. Rape wasnt the case and neither was any kind of penetration, it was texts and 1 photo.

  • storchheim Aug 5, 2011

    I should add: if the incident includes rape or any kind of penetration, it is much more serious and then some counseling is very much in order. But texts? Nude photos? Come on. If he touched them, or asked them to touch him, that's serious, somewhere between rape and texts. But to say that each one of them will be scarred forever, in these two cases...I think not. It does, however, teach the girls to be frightened and to believe they're very weak and helpless.

    Again, I'm not saying to excuse it or make light of it. Just take a deep breath, assess it as calmly as possible, and react accordingly. You don't panic and scream when your child scrapes their knee. You make sure there's no dirt in the wound, bandage it, kiss the child, and send them back outside to continue playing happily.

  • storchheim Aug 5, 2011

    City Boy: "The actions of this man go far beyond this one particular situation and have far reaching implications regarding his stability and reckless behavior." What do you mean by 'go far beyond'? Has he done this to others?

    Not that you said this, but I get weary of hearing how all the delicate flowers will henceforth be irreparably and deeply damaged the rest of their lives because they saw a naked man. Yes, those other girls in JoCo will still be tossing and turning at age 60 because the pervert next door made them - what, exactly? The story never did say.

    I know I'm going to get bashed, but maybe if we didn't come in with SWAT teams, grief counselors, uproars, adults coming apart at the seams, the kids would get over it. Listen to them, take action against the perp, then hug the child and say, "We love you so much, and everything's fine now. He was bad, he's going away, and we're glad you told us."

    We didn't have grief counselors. We had parents.

  • imsosorry Aug 5, 2011

    Thats right, I think she moved to South.

  • Rocknhorse Aug 5, 2011

    According to WRAL, this incident is not her first. She has similar charges against Michael Conklin. Also, she is no longer a student at West, again according to WRAL.

  • when done Aug 4, 2011

    I wonder if he was not a law enforcement office would he receive the same sentence? I guess when you are a county sheriff and you break the law, the DA's office takes it easy on you. Good example of the justice system in North Carolina. Her 198 text messages to his six, WOW his six must have been real good for her to text back 198 times. Also to mmjo65 your are so right, how did she get his number, and why did he give it to her? Wonder what the North Carolina Law says about sending text messages ( photo ) to minor. Does he have to register as a sex offender? If not WHY NOT.

  • CharmedLife Aug 4, 2011

    Why did the student send THAT many texts to a 40 yr old man? What was she doing behind her parents backs? 198 texts is alot compared to just 6 texts. But still, Fair shouldn't have had this teenager's cell number and shouldn't have been texting her in the manner that he was.

  • dakota_loves_me Aug 4, 2011

    And what are they going to do with the 16 year old girl? Sounds a little perverted either way. She should be in trouble as well. And yes, why did she have his number to begin with? When did the exchange happen? And why didn't someone stop this sooner? Makes no sense. Where were the parents as well? They should be tracking her phone and what incoming texts she has.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 4, 2011

    we had a similar perv at our high school back in the day - fortunately he would only give the girls a quarter and say "here's a quarter, call me when you're 18."
    GOLO member since June 27, 2010
    Not sure if he would be a perv since a call cost more than a quarter now a days.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 4, 2011

    I never had a cell phone in high school and I turned out just fine.notinthemood..... Okay.....