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Ex-South View High coach faces student sex charges

Posted March 31

Matthew Aaron Holmes

— A former assistant track and cross country coach at South View High School has been charged with having sex with a student, authorities said Friday.

Matthew Aaron Holmes, 27, of Hicks Avenue in Fayetteville, was charged with six felony counts of sexual activity with a student. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $150,000 bond.

A former South View High track team member, who is now 20, told investigators last week that she and Holmes had sex several times off campus between Nov. 2, 2015, and Feb. 13, 2016, authorities said.

"This person is supposed to be a mentor to these kids, but I think he's too close in age, and they're more friends than they are mentors, and things like this take place," said Sean Swain, a spokesman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Holmes coached at South View High during the 2014-15 and 2016-17 school years, but he resigned on March 6, said Ruben Reyes, associate superintendent for human resources for Cumberland County Schools. Holmes also was a a substitute teacher at the school from Dec. 8, 2015, until last week, when he was removed from the substitute list, Reyes said.

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  • Kim Harrison Mar 31, 4:59 p.m.
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    I agree that is becoming too common. Everytime I hear of this it makes me sick to my stomach. I cringe as an educator and a godparent. I also resent the fact that too often people believe that this is happening b/c the teachers are young and are more "friends" than mentor. Age has nothing to do with it, it's maturity and mindset. One response states that there has to be more oversight in the school districts......can you propose a solution? How does a school district the size of Cumberland Co. ensure that these actions are not taking place? Often times, this does not happen on school grounds, at school events or during school hours. Where does the school's jurisdiction end and home/private lives begin? There is an issue when the schools say they have jurisdiction at the child's bus stop & a fight there can get you suspended, yet we ask the same entity to monitor beyond that point. Something has got to give. It begins with the person, look at the individual, not the school system.

  • Janet Ghumri Mar 31, 3:57 p.m.
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    It's becoming too common for teachers/coaches to be charged with inappropriate physical activity with students. What I am wondering is whether it's happening more, or is it being reported more? It's very unsettling to see it so often. These are still children, even though they look and act like adults in a lot of cases. The damage done to these kids will last a lifetime, and if the charges are proved to be false, the damage to the teacher is permanent. There has to be more oversight in the school districts.

  • Kris Dawn Mar 31, 3:13 p.m.
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    As a teacher he should have known better.

    But she is 20 now she was what 18 then? Come on.