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Former Johnston teacher faces more sex abuse charges

Posted March 9, 2012
Updated March 16, 2012

— Police on Friday filed more molestation charges against a former Archer Lodge Middle School teacher.

Paul Clifton Canally, 29, of 148 Buchanan Lane, was arrested last week on charges that he sexually abused a teenage boy numerous times over a 19-month span. Two days after his arrest, police filed charges of statutory rape and soliciting a child by computer against him in connection with a second alleged victim.

Police said Friday that a third alleged victim had come forward, prompting another four counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

Canally was a seventh-grade science teacher at Archer Lodge Middle School from August 2007 to July 2009, when he resigned for personal reasons, Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said.

The alleged abuse is said to have occurred between June 2010 and last September, police said.

Sessoms said there were no written complaints against Canally during his tenure, and the school district took no disciplinary actions against him.

Canally was being held Friday in the Johnston County Jail under more than $2 million bond.


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  • aboutagirl Mar 16, 2012

    Parents reported Canally to the School and to the School Board. The school never involved law enforcement or took disciplinary actions. With an untarnished record, Canally was able to teach at Archer Lodge for two full years. He also taugh at another school in Wake county, worked at summer camps, was able to live in a neighborhood that is next to two school with parks and pools. Last but not least, Canally was able to parade around as a trusted adult with lots of experience with children. That was until one brave victim came forward this February.
    To all the parent that reported Canally to Archer Lodge and/or to the School Board please re-report the claim to the Johnston county sheriff's departement if the incident happend at Archer Lodge or in the county, if the incident happend in the Clayton city limits please re-report the incident to Clayton police. Keeping Canally behind bars (away from our children) is the main concern.

  • hondaboys Mar 16, 2012

    SICK,SICK,SICK !! Use some of that great North Carolina Education Lottery money to put cameras in the schools.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Mar 16, 2012

    I am a parent at this school now & was when this man was a teacher there. It burns me up to think the school had even a hint of a problem with this man and did NOT speak up.
    HOT !

  • not my real name Mar 12, 2012

    you just cant trust anyone anymore

  • semh Mar 9, 2012

    My husband and I are just 2 of many parents who brought this mans actions to the action of the Principle AND the Superintendent of Johnston County Schools 4+ years ago - LONG, FACE TO FACE MEETINGS with them. We were assured they would take care of it .... Now THEIR excuse is, nothing was in writing and they are trying to hide behind the fact that these actions he is (SO FAR) charged with, did not happen on schools property ... how do they know? Who cares where? They now state No disciplinary action was EVER taken against him ... so they LIED to us and left our kids in danger .... the JCS is accountable. Why s there no outrage directed at those that are to protect our kids? Read posts from the past week under anything about this guy - THE SCHOOL KNEW They had a problem with him - THEY DID NOTHING! OH and and he was hand picked to teach in our county! This is so sad for the many fantastic teachers out there. We have the same problems as Penn State but the media doesnt see that.

  • Ambygirl Mar 9, 2012

    @eric52272, there is nothing wrong with your grammar. Mo Blues is just jealous he/she isn't as well spoken.

    Mo Blues, just sayin', you need to read your own comments sometime...... you might want to go back to school yourself.

  • eric52272 Mar 9, 2012

    Thanks for the advice Mo Blues even dough I didn't ax for it.

    The above sentence is written for you to understand, it is not how I normally communicate but probably how you do.

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 9, 2012

    These people are just as bad, if not worse, than murderers. Victims get a life sentence, and it doesn't get cut, and these creeps get a slap on the wrist and are returned to the community to offend again, and they do. They cannot be rehabilitated -- never ever ever.

  • Mo Blues Mar 9, 2012


    I wouldn't be lecturing any other poster on their grammar if I wrote like you. ...just sayin'...

  • Mom2two Mar 9, 2012

    How does this happen?
    1. Begin with pedophile who is involved with young people (in this case a teacher...even though not employed as such at the time. Could just as easily be a scout leader or coach or church leader)
    2. Add a victim. Victim should be a little unsure of himself; maybe feels misunderstood or that he doesn't have anyone to talk to. Maybe lacks a good male role model. Maybe comes from a single mother who is grateful for the positive influence of the adult male/pedophile and/or a child who is able to spend long periods unsupervised (such as afternoons after school)

    THAT is how it happens. Any parent should have their radar up whenever their child starts to spend an usual amount of unsupervised time alone with an adult. An excellent adult male role model will not WANT to be put in a position where activity can be questioned.