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Durham teacher facing student sex charges surrenders

Posted April 25, 2011

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— A Durham school teacher surrendered Monday to Forsyth County authorities on charges that he had a sexual relationship with a student in that county.

Terry Lamar Jones Jr., 28, of 5011 S. Alston Ave., faces 64 counts of sex with a student. He was being held in the Forsyth County jail under a $500,000 bond.

A North Carolina Central University student wrote an article in the school newspaper in which she recounted her relationship with an instructor at Parkland High School when she was a senior there.

The student wrote under a pseudonym and called the instructor "Smith" in the article, which included graphic details about an abortion she had in Greensboro. She said the location had been chosen by her teacher so that they wouldn't be caught together.

After the article appeared in the paper, Parkland Principal Tim Lee brought it to the attention of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

The N.C. Central student who wrote the article declined to comment Monday.

The alleged sexual encounters occurred between October 2007 and May 2008, authorities said.

Jones was hired last summer as the band instructor at Shepard Middle School in Durham. He has not been placed on leave by Durham Public Schools, spokeswoman Tahira Stalberte said.

Shepard Middle Principal Ericka Boone notified parents over the weekend that Jones faced criminal charges in another county.

Mack Jarmon, whose grandson attends Shepard Middle, questioned why Durham school administrators didn't know about the alleged relationship before Jones was hired.

"No one knew about it. That's the concern – one of the concerns – that I would have," Jarmon said.

Attorney David Freedman of Winston-Salem said Jones waited for him to return from a trip to surrender to police. He asked people not to rush to judgment, saying the alleged incidents happened several years ago and that people "need to let the process play out."

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  • BobbyLightBlue Apr 27, 2011

    A band director is a teacher who instructs students in music. Whereas a teacher may instruct students in the books of learning math, english, science etc. You get the picture. by wildkitten

    You must be a band instructor to have taken this to heart so bad, Still in my opinion, I dont consider a band instructor a real teacher. Thats just like a PE teacher, its a joke. People take band and PE so they can goof off in class and not have to do any real classwork. I understand technically they are a licensed teacher by the state, But Band,PE, Etc. is stuff you do just to fill your schedule up. I am a general Instructor for the state also and I can teach multiple classes, And also a Firearms Instructor, But I dont go around claiming to be a teacher.

  • wildcat Apr 26, 2011

    A band instructor is no more a school teacher than Me

    That is because you were never qualified. To do that you would have to go back to school by going to college and taking the right courses. Good luck on that.

  • wildcat Apr 26, 2011

    He is not even a real teacher, A band instructor is no more a school teacher than Me. Why didnt the article say band instructor instead of teacher, wral had to make it sound juicy
    BobbyLightBlue

    A band director is a teacher who instructs students in music. Whereas a teacher may instruct students in the books of learning math, english, science etc. You get the picture.

  • wildcat Apr 26, 2011

    now, that would make her 18?

    Nevertheless, she was eighteen and STILL IN SCHOOL. He should have left her alone. Was he desperate or just plain stuipid? No teacher or any staff should be involved with any STUDENT on school campus. Why not wait until the girl is finished high school before involving yourself. That would be the right thing to do. Then you would not have problems or be convicted of some kind of sexual crime involving students. Teachers be smart for a change and use that brain of yours. Leave the female and males students alone while they are attenting school there. Be sensible!

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Apr 26, 2011

    Did I miss something in the article? Was this young lady a student at the school he taught at, and under the age of 16? And how old is she now? 3 years ago he was 25, if she is 21 now, that would make her 18? I mean 7 years is alot, but not as bad as some of you are making it. When I was 19, my husband was 25.

  • lauraleigh Apr 26, 2011

    BobbyLightBlue - it is "I" - no more a school teacher than *I*. Use the nominative case.

    And a band director is a teacher, is required to undertake rigorous coursework to be able to not only be competent in music but also to be certified to teach. They have every bit as much responsibility to equip our children to be well-rounded, well-grounded adults as any English or Math teacher, and often a great deal more influence. They certainly spend more time with their students, since band includes additional time and involvement outside the normal school day.

    I'm immensely grateful for the positive moral and intellectual influence of my own high school band director, and I greatly admire the band directors I've subbed for and worked with in more recent years.

  • medeanna32 Apr 26, 2011

    How can you say a band instructor is not a real teacher?

  • BobbyLightBlue Apr 26, 2011

    He is not even a real teacher, A band instructor is no more a school teacher than Me. Why didnt the article say band instructor instead of teacher, wral had to make it sound juicy

  • Call It Like I See It Apr 26, 2011

    People would be shocked to know just how much this happens and no one ever finds out about it because it's consensual, they both keep their mouths shut and go about their daily business.

  • michaelclay Apr 26, 2011

    luvnlife, I think that you need to read the paragraph that you are referring to again. It didn't say Distric Attorney it said Attorney. I think it is referring to his attorney.

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