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Substitute Teacher Charged With Child-Sex Crimes

Posted March 1, 2007

A substitute teacher at South Johnston High School was charged Wednesday on seven counts of sex with a student and seven counts of child abduction.

Cornelius Lamont White, 33, was arrested after the Johnston County Sheriff's Office investigated upon receiving an anonymous tip.

More charges are pending, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators said the alleged crimes started last November and involved a 17-year-old girl, but it was not immediately clear if the girl is a student at the high school.

Authorities said none of the crimes occurred at the high school, where White also served as a non-faculty coach.

White, who has no previous arrests in North Carolina, is in jail under a $400,000 bond.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Johnston County Schools officials said White was no longer on a list of approved substitutes for the school system and that he is not a current employee.

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  • 07_Bama_Resi Apr 17, 2007

    People need to stop pointing fingers until anything is for sure and all the facts are presented...

    "If a defendant, who is a teacher, school administrator, student teacher, school safety officer, or coach, at any age, or who is other school personnel, and who is at least four years older than the victim engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with a victim who is a student, at any time during or after the time the defendant and victim were present together in the same school, but before the victim ceases to be a student, the defendant is guilty of a Class G felony, except when the defendant is lawfully married to the student."


    [So the 17/18 age isn't going to get him out if he is convicted]

  • 07_Bama_Resi Mar 6, 2007

    As a senior at South Johnston, I wanted to comment on this story. Because of this, I will probably sent to the office or lectured, but this is how I feel, and if someone if offended, OH WELL! I've have had White as a sub. First impressions are lasting impressions. He seemed to be nice, very nice, & even a little too nice. Yes, he was a "cool" sub, which may be why the girl had "sexual contact" occured. I am also 17 and know, not just because it was be socially frowned upon, it isn't morally right (that he is taking advantage of his authority). I DO believe the accusations and it's not because I think she isn't a whore (for lack of a better word). She has always been a sweet girl. Sometimes girls do things like this, for attention, to be "cool," & to feel wanted. I don't believe she is necessarily a victim, because she is 17. She's old enough to know better. >>>>

  • Mhganymami Mar 3, 2007

    It hurts me so much to him in such trouble. I know this man personally. He is my friend, one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. I just refuse to believe this is true! For everyone who is so quick to brand him a "pervert", judge not lest ye be judged. I guess it is easy to sit at home and make a snap judgement, but I happen to know him and this is not him. I'd be a character witness for him in a heartbeat. I'm praying for him and his family to get through these accusations.

  • JenS Mar 3, 2007

    Thank you to Mr. White's student for writing in. Have most of you tried and convicted this sub teacher/coach by what the media has told you? Have we not learned anything from the Duke Lacrosse Case?? What ever happened to INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY?? If you have not met Mr. White, you know NOTHING about him. Therefore you should not make assumptions or jump to conclusions.

  • folovinxo Mar 2, 2007

    okay.. i am a student of mr whites.
    he has been my sub several times at school and is one of my favorites.
    Everyone really needs to stop thinking that all of this stuff is true. Nothing has been proven and i think he is actually a pretty good man. I also believe that the seventeen year old had more to do with it than people may think.
    plus -- he wasnt a school teacher he was a sub and they aint the same thing. and none of this stuff happened AT south.

  • doolick Mar 2, 2007

    you know, what he did was wrong by most standards, but where do people get off labeling him a predator? Furthermore, how is WRAL going to put "child-sex crimes" in the headline when the girl in question is supposedly 17 - I think that's ridiculous. At a glance it makes it sound like he's molesting 11-year olds. Multiple people have already pointed out that 17 is consentual age, so the only problem would be if this was going on while he was coaching or substituting at her school, but would that then be a crime, or just reason to be fired?

  • Lizard Paw Mar 1, 2007

    "School teacher are not more abusive than catholic (not cathoilic check your spelling) priest. The problem is that we need so many teachers and ask them to play so many rolls that we cannot keep good teachers in the school system." Better check your facts. There is a higher percentage of these cases perpatrated by teachers than catholic priests.

    This guy was close enough to being a school teacher. He was paid public funds to sit in a class of kids and teach them nothing just like a full time teacher. Alot are predators! (Not "preditors". You check your spelling.)

  • deerslayer Mar 1, 2007

    perverts are everywhere these days. tape some horns on their a$$ and give me some target practice....

  • wakeresident Mar 1, 2007

    nchockeyguy, I bet you're right. If there was a relationship between a student and teacher, it definitely is NOT appropriate. But because the teacher was male, he won't get the slap on the wrist.

  • soccermom227 Mar 1, 2007

    I still feel we need to look at the profession as a whole. It is so easy for a person to enter lateral entry with no teaching due to the shortage. Subs are worse Teachers (good ones) need public support and an outcry from parents to keep the good teachers. We need our leaders to make the profession who touches our youth and molds young minds to be a profession of value instead of any one can do. We need high standards for teachers but high atainment for those who prove worthy so we can keep good teachers in the classroom and close the shortage. This will help preditors be discourage from easy access to our youth.