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Former Wake teacher faces sex offense with child charges

Posted October 31, 2012

— A former Wendell Middle School teacher who resigned this week is facing three counts of first-degree sexual offense against a child, authorities said Wednesday.

Ronald Alan Olson was arrested Tuesday, according to the Wake County Sheriff's Office. The alleged abuse took place between August and October.

The victim is under the age of 13, according to an arrest warrant. Authorities have not said where the abuse took place or whether the victim was one of Olson's students.

Olson was hired as a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Wendell Middle School last August, according to a Wake County school system spokesman. He was suspended with pay on Friday, the same day the school system learned about the sex offense allegations.

He resigned on Monday.


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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 1, 2012

    He asked to speak to his mother after talking to the judge. I wanted to tell him the damage is done and there is nothing he can say or his mother can do to save him now. I do know that he knew right from wrong. He ruined his career. Will other teachers learn from this? I doubt it but will see what the future of tomorrows will bring.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 1, 2012

    Why do these young teachers (female or male) find interest in these underage girls? Can they not find a girl of their own age group? I believe these kinds of teacher has a problems and they should be seeing a doctor of some kind and get some serious help before harming these underage children.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 1, 2012

    What good is a back-ground check if this child molestation continues? There has got to be a much better way of resolving this. 1. How about cameras in the classrooms and hallways.
    2. No teacher is allowed to be alone with students at any time, male or female. Another adult will have to be present. 3. All teachers and other adults should keep their hands to themselves.
    4. No teacher should ever favor a student. These are my flags and I am sure you have a few of your own. One more 5. No male coach should ever be in the locker room with the young ladies with a lady adult present, same goes for the young men's locker room.

  • carlostheass Nov 1, 2012

    "I thought the school system was supposed to do background checks on new hires..." --ncwolf08

    Regardless of whether they are or not, every criminal in history had a clean record until their first conviction.

  • ncwolf08 Nov 1, 2012

    I thought the school system was supposed to do background checks on new hires...

    There has been such a rash of this type of behavior in Wake County schools this past year, I have to ask what database is the school system using???

  • djofraleigh Nov 1, 2012

    USE of former is misleading at this point. He man was a teacher at the time of the offense. The use of former, while technically accurate, is misleading. The charge is for something that happened when the man was still a teacher.

  • janettedder97 Nov 1, 2012

    An innocent person doesn't resign - they fight for the truth.

  • itsmyownopinion Nov 1, 2012

    Thanks for all the sympathy shown the victim in the first postings.

  • LOC Nov 1, 2012

    What is up with all these teachers getting charges with sex offenses..Geesh #keepingmychildrenprayedup!

  • JimFink Nov 1, 2012

    I find it interesting that there are two similar stories involving sex crimes against children on WRAL today, but only one story has evoked "innocent until proven guilty" comments from readers. Is this because one suspect is a teacher and one a mere janitor?