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Former Fayetteville teacher charged with sex crimes against student

Posted June 27, 2013

— A former criminal justice instructor at Westover High School in Fayetteville has been accused of performing a sexual act on a 17-year-old student.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Armand Virgil Lee, 43, of 281 Carthon Lane in Raeford, was arrested Thursday on a charge of sexual activity with a student.

Investigators said the alleged crime happened May 13 and that the student also reported that Lee, on May 22, inappropriately touched her.

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Frank Till said Thursday that the student complained to a school employee and that Lee was initially suspended with pay, and then fired in May after complaints from several students.

"As we were looking into the complaints, we discovered something else that was serious, and so we suspended him without pay and that led to the termination," Till said.

Lee taught at Westover High for a year, Till said, and nothing was discovered during a pre-employment background check that concerned the school system.

Lee was in the Cumberland County jail Thursday under a $10,000 bond.


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  • btneast Jun 28, 2013

    SERIOUSLY??? YOU are part of the problem with this society! Blame the victim!!!

    ...No she didn't blame the victim. Did you not read her whole post?

  • Granny Jun 28, 2013

    @ OpinionatedMama

    I am not blaming the victim!! The man needs to be locked away and sit and wonder if some man old enough to be her daddy was doing his daughter!!

  • lwe1967 Jun 27, 2013

    I agree with Teacher-Scientist. Fired before he is convicted. If innocent, he may have a lawsuit.

  • Teacher-Scientist Jun 27, 2013

    "I can't tell you whether (the allegations) were real or not," Till said,..."

    Yet the district still fired him?

    Wouldn't justice mandate that the allegations be proven true before termination?

  • bbqchicken Jun 27, 2013

    I just want more information.

    Well thats the problem with wral, they no longer have real reporters. A stop down at the magistrates office would show what the charges are, they are public record. And by the way he was charged with Sexual Activity with a student

  • Scubagirl Jun 27, 2013

    I just have to point out that the victim was/is a 17 year old girl and that the way the story reads she reported him for 'inappropriately touching' her on May 22, but NOT for the May 13 sexual act.
    Why would she NOT report the May 13 incident?

  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 27, 2013

    To be a better criminal justice teacher, he plans to study it from the Inside now, as a criminal.

  • OpinionatedMama Jun 27, 2013

    @ Granny:

    "Society has made sex such a ugly thing! There's very little doubt that the 17 year old was probably more than willing"

    SERIOUSLY??? YOU are part of the problem with this society! Blame the victim!!!

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jun 27, 2013

    This is terrible!!! The death penalty really does need to be given to anyone who is convicted of child rape/molestation or of course, killing a child.

  • issymayake Jun 27, 2013

    I taught at Westover during my 'former career' and can admit that the young ladies can be very aggressive. I had to deal with seeing them at local clubs and parties off-campus, among other places that should have been reserved for adults. It was difficult for a 23 year old. However, he is much too old to act like this.

    When I said the charges were vague, I meant . . . is he accused of sleeping with a student, groping them, inappropriately touching them in a sexual manner, etc? I just want more information.