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Former Johnston County teacher faces sex offense charge

Posted June 18, 2013

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— 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.

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  • Obamacare forever Jun 19, 2013

    This man is guilty as sin. Throw away the key.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jun 19, 2013

    I don't have any idea of the circumstances in this case, but I am reminded of a recent case like this in Johnston county that turned out to be a total fabrication by the supposed victim. The victim in that case turned out to be the teacher. The teacher decided to leave the area and start his career over in another state. I hope he left with a BIG FAT CHECK in his pocket because the entire situation was mishandled by the DA and school board from the beginning. I also hate that the students lost an educator that cared about doing a good job.

  • momcat49 Jun 19, 2013

    signofthetimes said "I know I am old fashioned, and actually old too, but what happened to waiting until you were an adult and maybe even married to start this sort of activity? Guess that is too much to ask of the new generation."

    Or older generations either. I don't recall the name of the minister who married Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

    Seriously, so-called "common law marriage" (which, incidentally, doesn't exist in NC) I have read arose originally because of the paucity of clergy in unsettled areas. People would start living together and have kids without benefit of marriage and some fiction had to be invented in order to confer respectability on them and to legitimize their children. "Common law marriage" (which is more than just living together and which is legal in states where it is recognized, if there still are any) was the answer.

  • bill0 Jun 19, 2013

    "The unpopular question here is, how old was the girl."

    The "girl" is 19 years old. Obviously, any kind of activity with a student should be grounds for booting him from the teaching profession, but criminal charges?

  • notax Jun 18, 2013

    Despite all the remarks here, let's remember CHARGED and ARRESTED isn't CONVICTED.
    Let's wait until a jury of his peers say he's guilty before all the finger pointing.

    Remember RICHARD JEWEL was "charged" and "arrested" in Atlanta many years ago, also.

  • dontstopnow Jun 18, 2013

    One addition to my previous post, this guy should have known better no matter what the young lady presented, if she did. He deserves to be prosecuted for this.

  • dontstopnow Jun 18, 2013

    The unpopular question here is, how old was the girl. Most of the kids now from 9th through 12th grade have had more sexual experience than most of us will ever have in a lifetime and it is deliberate. 12 and 14 year olds are sexually active now, where is the moral teachings for these young people? :(

    I know I am old fashioned, and actually old too, but what happened to waiting until you were an adult and maybe even married to start this sort of activity? Guess that is too much to ask of the new generation. :(

  • bombayrunner Jun 18, 2013

    rhut roe!