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More child sex charges filed against former Johnston teacher

Posted March 16, 2012

— Police on Friday filed more molestation charges against a former Johnston County teacher, including some linked to alleged crimes while he was still teaching at Archer Lodge Middle School.

Two counts each of sex offense with a student and indecent liberties with a child have been added to the charges facing Paul Clifton Canally. He remains in the Johnston County jail, and his bond has been increased to $2.48 million.

Canally, 29, of 148 Buchanan Lane, was arrested two weeks ago on charges that he sexually abused a teenage boy numerous times between April 2010 and last December. 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.

Last week, a third alleged victim came forward, prompting another four counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

Police said Friday that two more alleged victims have come forward. They were students at Archer Lodge Middle when Canally taught there, investigators said, but the alleged molestation occurred at Canally's home and not at school.

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

Sessoms said Friday that district officials were investigating a verbal complaint against Canally in the summer of 2009 when he resigned. The complaint didn't involve any alleged sexual misconduct, she said, but "concerns were reported to all appropriate agencies."

"Johnston County Schools is aggressive in addressing potential issues of employee misconduct, erring on the side of student safety even when the personnel decisions are not popular," she said in a statement.

Sessoms said the school district took no disciplinary actions against Canally during his tenure.

Police said Canally also worked as a camp counselor in Pennsylvania, and they are trying to determine if there were any victims there.

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  • aboutagirl Mar 16, 7:41 p.m.

    Dear 'Stupidbrainchild' Why would these kids wait 2-to-4 years to get back at Paul for bad grades. Also, not all of the accusers were Paul's students. As for 'Perusing Online Thought' we will see what the school knew. On March 1st no complaints were made and Paul resigned for personal reasons and JCS made it a point to say that the abuse took place after Paul resigned. On March 16th a complaint was made and Paul resigned due to that complaint and JCS now makes it a point to say that they abuse took place at Paul's house and not at the school. We will see what comes next. The word is that adult jokes, porn and touching were also complained about. We will see. As for myself, I haven't had much luck with JCS hearing my complaints. I suffered with having no bus for my children SES and ALMS, my children having food withheld from them as punishment SES, teaching leaving classrooms unattended SMS and when I complained I was treated with disrespect and twice yelled at.

  • newswatcher Mar 16, 6:34 p.m.

    I am sad to say that I believe there are many more victims. There some incidents with him when he was younger and his parents were made aware. I don't think anyone thought it would lead to this. It seems unlikely that all those years passed and there were no more victims until he became a teacher.

  • ncpilot2 Mar 16, 5:47 p.m.

    Dear "Perusing Online Thoughts," Regarding your statement, "Considering Johnston County has been all over teachers who were inappropriate in past years (and this year)", I would beg to differ. While law enforcement authorities are sometimes quick to act here, the school system is not. I could share story after story of parents here who have had complaints about school system personnel which were ignored, covered up or where the privacy act was used to justify inaction.

  • dontprintthis Mar 16, 4:35 p.m.

    Stupidbrainchild...read the research indicating that most sex offenders have countless victims in their past when they are first caught. It is not uncommon for other victims to come forward even years after the abuse. How many juvenile boys do you know making false claims against a male performing sodomy against them? My guess is very few because it is such a shame and embarrassment, hence why most victims do not come forward at all. My guess is that there are probably at least 20 more who haven't divulged what this "alleged" pedophile has done to them. You are certainly entitled to your opinion but a more informed one would suit you well.

  • My-Humble-Opinion2 Mar 16, 3:59 p.m.

    Stupidbrainchild;

    "My opinion is that some students just make up false accusations because they have grudge against their grades. You notice how one pops up against one teacher and 10 fallow suit?"

    Seriously? What kid would make up something so humiliating because of their grade?

    Secondly, clearly you didn't pay attention in English class, Fallow means to plow and be left unseeded, I think you meant to say follow

  • SFSOLDIER Mar 16, 3:41 p.m.

    He needs to go to jail and be someone's "special" friend for a few years..

  • stupidbrainchild Mar 16, 3:01 p.m.

    My opinion is that some students just make up false accusations because they have grudge against their grades. You notice how one pops up against one teacher and 10 fallow suit? It is so easy to claim molestation from someone to create a circus act.

  • Perusing Online Thoughts Mar 16, 2:02 p.m.

    As for screening teachers, they are required to have a criminal records background check, and I know references are called. But there is no indication that he has ever been in trouble before all this came up. So when he was hired, how would they know (unless they had a psychic who could see the future)?

    And as for the school system knowing, it sounds like there was a lot of "smoke" around him. Considering Johnston County has been all over teachers who were inappropriate in past years (and this year), I can't imagine that they would not have taken this one seriously. It also says they shared concerns with "appropriate agencies." Sounds like they reported it. But even if they did, if there was no proof at the time that he broke the law, what should they have done? They got rid of him.

  • OneLove Mar 16, 1:10 p.m.

    I'm scared to keep sending my children to school

  • marciamal1 Mar 16, 12:53 p.m.

    Lock him up and throw away the key - they should have enough common sense to know that - that type of activity is wrong - how could anyone do such a thing is beyond me?

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