Former Fayetteville teacher charged with sex crimes against student
Posted June 27, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — 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.