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Army, FBI probe child molestation allegations on Fort Bragg

Posted March 14, 2012

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— A former substitute teacher at Fort Bragg schools is accused of inappropriately touching students, prompting the Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI to launch a criminal probe into the allegations.

Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Sicinski said Wednesday that the teacher, whose name has not been released, taught at seven elementary schools on post between August 2010 and November 2011.

The teacher has not been called to substitute in the district since a Pope Elementary School parent reported in November that his child had been inappropriately touched. The teacher has since been banned from Fort Bragg, Sicinski said.

All substitute teachers in the district undergo background checks and a "very rigorous vetting process," said Emily Marsh, state superintendent of schools on military installations.

"Every step was taken so that something like this would not happen," she said. 

It wasn't clear how many complaints of inappropriate touching were being investigated, but Sicinski alluded to at least two cases at two different schools.

Substitute teacher accused of inappropriate touching at Fort Bragg Fort Bragg schools sub accused of inappropriate touching

"Pope Elementary and Holbrook Elementary are where this teacher had spent most of his time substitute teaching, and those are the schools where the investigation got triggered from," Sicinski said.

WRAL News obtained a letter that the commander sent to McNair Elementary School parents on Tuesday, in which he stated that the teacher worked at that school for seven days over the last two years. It wasn't clear whether any McNair Elementary students are believed to have been victimized.

Details of the allegations were not released, but Sicinski said there was no sign of "gross sexual misconduct."

Officials will host three town hall meetings for parents on Friday: one at Pope Elementary, one at Holbrook Elementary and one at 4 p.m. in the Main Post Theater.

The school system plans to conduct safe touch education for children later this spring and Sicinski encouraged parents to discuss the differences between "good touch" and "bad touch" with their children.

"We're going to be as transparent as possible with the parents," he said. "We want them to stand up if they believe anything untoward has happened to their particular child."

Any parent who suspects their child may have been a victim of inappropriate touching at school is asked to call the Fort Bragg Help Line at 910-907-6680.


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  • teach2touch4ever Mar 15, 2012

    It is an allegation, I am sure this is why the name hasn't been shared. Nobody knows if this person did it or if there is just allegations. Let the people do the investigation, lets not hang the person till they are proven guilty. America was build on innocent till proven guilty. If he is guilty..throw the book at them!

  • gabewilliams12 Mar 15, 2012

    if there is inappropriate touching of a child on a military instillation, the first step they do is remove the teacher (sub) from the classroom. If they are a full time employee, they will be put where they would not have any interaction with the kids. (I worked 17 years on different post at the CDC). The CID becomes involved immediately. Being that this is a sub, they just do not have that person on the list or it is flagged. They are probably with holding the name because it is on a military instillation. I am sure they have let the surrounding counties know that there is a flag on this guy. (by the way in the article it did say HE) there are so many stories in the news about teachers touching students. We have one here in Florida that was Teacher of the Year last year and she lives about 6 houses from my house. Come to find out she was molesting a former student she was tutoring. At her house. She was arrested and removed from the classroom and her picture is all over the place. Nee

  • gabewilliams12 Mar 15, 2012

    lineofduty, I totally agree with you.

  • RWS Mar 14, 2012

    If it was paddling on the behind, I'm ok with it.

  • bombayrunner Mar 14, 2012

    should put the person under guard pinning up targets at the range.

  • bombayrunner Mar 14, 2012

    nice ... messing with the kids of Green Barets, Snipers, Special Forces, Airborn Rangers, and all kinds of other interesting Militarymen ... good luck pal. hope you find a safe place to hide they haven't thought of.

  • TITAN4X4 Mar 14, 2012

    The article clearly states "The teacher has been banned from Fort Bragg." From what I know of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools(DoDDS) The teacher is most likely on an "as needed" basis contract. As far as what this teacher does when not Subbing at a DOD school is up to anyones guess. Might even be a Sub in the county.

  • Uhavenoclu Mar 14, 2012

    Finally, 'uhavenoclue'... Why don't you go on vacation in Kabul. I am sure the soldiers that you support so well would be more than happy to protect you.

    The soldiers I supported ended their battle in 1865 when they made this country and it was well protecyted until the present day soldiers went over to other countries to fight...KABUL and Bagdhad do not protect my country,or my freedom...I DO every American should be doing that instead of sitting back and letting the military do that...THEY NEED TO GET ALONG THE BORDERS THEN I WILL HAVE PRAISE FOR THEM.
    My Father,My sister were in the military and my nephew is in there now...So I've had my share of military...Longer then a 6 week boot camp.

  • rschleich Mar 14, 2012

    Why is everyone assuming that this substitute teacher is a male? There are no masculine pronouns used in this story.

    And the name was not released because of an active CID/FBI investigation, but the County was notified, so little to no worry about this sub showing up at your kids school.

    Finally, 'uhavenoclue'... Why don't you go on vacation in Kabul. I am sure the soldiers that you support so well would be more than happy to protect you.

  • Tcheuchter Mar 14, 2012

    "said the teacher was terminated after school officials learned about the first allegation."

    must have been more than that.....he should not be fired because of an allegation. he should have been suspended pending an inquiry.