Former Johnston County teacher faces sex offense charge
Posted June 18, 2013
Smithfield, N.C. — A former business education teacher at Smithfield-Selma High School has been arrested on allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Eric Lamar Minter, 39, of Clayton, was arrested Tuesday morning on one felony count of sex offense with a student and was later released on a $50,000 bond.
Tracey Peeden, a spokeswoman for Johnston County Schools, said Minter started teaching in August 2010 and that his contract expired June 12.
"The school system takes seriously any allegations related to the safety and well-being of our students," Peeden said in a statement.
It's unclear how the accusation surfaced or when the alleged crime occurred, but Peeden said "the administration responded promptly upon notification of these concerns" and contacted the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.
"The school system has worked, and will continue to work in complete cooperation with law enforcement on this issue," Peeden said.