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Wake kindergarten teacher arrested on child sex charges

Posted September 20, 2012

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— A Wake County kindergarten teacher has been charged with child sex crimes in connection with alleged incidents from more than a decade ago in Camden County, authorities said Thursday.

Samuel Napol Byers is charged with five counts each of felony indecent liberties with a minor and felony statutory sex offense with a minor. He was being held Thursday at the Albemarle District Jail under a $1 million bond.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred between December 1999 and June 2000 when Byers was a teacher in Camden County, authorities said.

Detective sergeant Max Robeson with the Camden County Sheriff's Office said Byers told a friend what happened and that friend went to Raleigh police. Authorities then tracked down the alleged victim.

"I asked him was there something that happened to him in the eighth grade he wanted to talk about," Robeson said. "He began immediately crying. He was very emotional."

Robeson said the case remains under investigation, and more charges are expected.

"I do not believe this is an isolated incident. I am concerned that there are more kids that have come across Mr. Byers and potentially have been sexually abused," he said.

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Byers, who is now a teacher at Creech Road Elementary School, at 450 Creech Road in Garner, has been suspended with pay, Wake County Public School System officials said. He was arrested at the school Wednesday, and the school sent a letter home to parents to inform them of the situation.

"This is a very serious matter. That's why, as soon as we learned of the charges, we removed Mr. Byers from the classroom immediately," said Wake schools spokesman Mike Charbonneau.

Joseph Tate, who has two children at Creech Road Elementary School, said he appreciated being informed.

"I do not know who caught it, but I am glad they did," he said, adding that he asked his children whether "anybody at school touched them or talked to them inappropriately."

Byers has worked in Wake County schools since August 2001, spending a year as a teaching assistant at East Cary Middle School and another seven as an assistant at Smith Elementary School before moving to Creech Road Elementary in August 2009. He spent two years there as an assistant before becoming a teacher a year ago.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 27, 2012

    wakeresident - "Why in the world the comments about a man teaching kids this young? Read the story, people. It was an eighth grade boy that he allegedly molested."

    Does that make it better somehow???

    I don't think he should be around any children of any age. IF GUILTY, he's a child predator, and just like a cat will jump on any baby bird if the opportunity to do so presents itself, so will he jump on any child if the opportunity arises.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 27, 2012

    whinnant002 - "I think everyone is jummping to on this to quick! for one we dont have all the facts!"

    I understand he's not yet been found guilty, but like I just said, I've sat on a Grand Jury, and it's amazing the amount of evidence detectives have to present in child molestation cases before an indictment can be issued, and that amount is clear the person is in fact guilty before any trial actually takes place.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 27, 2012

    "Byers, who is now a teacher at Creech Road Elementary School, at 450 Creech Road in Garner, has been suspended with pay,"

    With pay! sigh

    I understand he's not yet been found guilty, but I've sat on a Grand Jury, and it's amazing the amount of evidence detectives have to present in child molestation cases before an indictment can be issued, and that amount is clear the person is in fact guilty before any trial actually takes place.

    So we're basically continuing to pay someone who molested children, until the end of his trial.

    Aggravating!!!

    Praying for his fictims.

  • mautry Sep 21, 2012

    PROFILING

  • whinnant002 Sep 21, 2012

    I think everyone is jummping to on this to quick! for one we dont have all the facts! And 2 people LIE all the time about things like this! so we should wait for the TRUTH!Dont be so quick to judge! But i still want to take my kids out of that school! I just dont like how things work at that school!i wanted to do that before this happened!

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Sep 21, 2012

    *** allinfantsareatheists *** Actually, maybe he *is* a church leader...does anyone know?
    You naturally would think like that.

  • esprg Sep 21, 2012

    Kindergarten Teacher Child Molester...suspended w/pay in jail

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 21, 2012

    alleged incidents from more than a decade ago

    A decade ago. Why did they wait so long to do something about this man? Even allowing him to work at another school is appalling.

  • tammylock77 Sep 21, 2012

    Our children aren't safe anywhere anymore. This world is becoming a sad place.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 21, 2012

    If this was yet another church leader being accused of child molestation, there would be no surprise or shock and hardly anyone would comment here...except me. Wonder why.

    Actually, maybe he *is* a church leader...does anyone know?

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