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Family's detective led to student sex charges against Garner teacher

Posted April 28, 2011

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— A drama teacher at Garner Senior High School was arrested Wednesday on accusations that he had sex with an 18-year-old student, police said.

Joshua Andrew White, 35, of 3411 Deering Drive in Raleigh, faces two counts of sexual offense with a student by a teacher. He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $40,000 bond.

Police said that White had sex with the female student twice at Garner High during March.

The girl's parents hired a private investigator when the school took no action after they approached a guidance counselor to intervene in what they thought was an inappropriate relationship between White and their daughter.

The girl's parents even confronted White about the amount of time he was spending with her, but he denied any wrongdoing, private investigator Catherine Flowers said.

"He told them there was nothing unusual about the relationship and there was really nothing to stop," Flowers said Thursday.

She said she obtained records for White's cellphone, which showed frequent texts between him and the student. Some texts were exchanged during overnight hours, and as many as 47 texts were sent to the student's number in a single day, she said.

The family took the information Flowers collected to the school and again asked for help.

"They did act immediately," Flowers said, "but a lot of damage had been done in the meantime."

Joshua White in court Family's detective led to student sex charges against Garner teacher

She said the school could have acted sooner, based on the information initially given to the guidance counselor.

Greg Thomas, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, said the counselor was told only that the student had been spending a lot of time in the drama department.

"The best information at the time is there was nothing to raise any flags regarding anything inappropriate," Thomas said.

Flowers said there were "very obvious signs" that the teacher-student relationship was out of the ordinary, and she said she hopes the case serves as a warning for other parents.

"If you see smoke, you investigate, because there is probably a fire," she said. "In this instance, there was smoke after smoke after smoke."

White resigned his position Wednesday, Thomas said. He had worked at Garner High since July 2002.

If he posts bond, he was ordered not to have any contact with the girl.

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  • sweetpea41 May 5, 2011

    yea she was 18yrs old when they finally found out but she was 17 when it started that is under age in my book!!

  • RR291 May 4, 2011

    It's a good thing your opinion does not cout for much then. The administration at GMHS is one of the best.

  • suzan1120 Apr 29, 2011

    FYI In my opinion, this is NOT the first time that Garner High School has swept something like this under the rug. Allowing teachers to resign under such circumstances is absolutely ridiculous and the administration should be held accountable.

  • solarflare40 Apr 28, 2011

    RE: The way I see it, is that she was 18 years old. She's an adult, he's an adult. There really isn't any problem, and her family blew it way out of proportion. If anything was wrong with this situation, its the fact they had sex on campus. Other than that, I don't see anything wrong. He just shouldn't be allowed to teach her.

    Except for that little federal law that EVERY teacher is read when hired that states that it is a FELONY to have sex with a student, REGARDLESS of age.... If you forget about that, then yes, it was legal.

  • sfaulkner91 Apr 28, 2011

    The way I see it, is that she was 18 years old. She's an adult, he's an adult. There really isn't any problem, and her family blew it way out of proportion. If anything was wrong with this situation, its the fact they had sex on campus. Other than that, I don't see anything wrong. He just shouldn't be allowed to teach her.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 28, 2011

    soyou - "while the teacher was wrong..she is no kid..she was and is 18,"

    Doesn't matter.

    The teacher is the one who broke the law, not her.

    And regardless of the age of the student, IF GUILTY - he should pay the price for breaking that law.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 28, 2011

    "The girl's parents hired a private investigator when the school took no action after they approached a guidance counselor to intervene in what they thought was an inappropriate relationship between White and their daughter."

    KUDOS to the family.

  • twc Apr 28, 2011

    So the older people you read about occasionally who go back to school could get a teacher in the same situation even though the student could be 40 or fifty years old.

    This teacher, being 35 years old, should know better!

    Another problem here is the effort it took to have something done about it.

    The closer the ages of students and teachers the more likely this can occur. But 35 to 18 should not have been a problem.

  • solarflare40 Apr 28, 2011

    why are comments no longer being posted?

  • superman Apr 28, 2011

    She is a girl that just cant say "NO". Are her parents going to follow behind her the rest of her life? It only happened twice but reading the post-- they just blew it all out of proportion. He was wrong but the girl is just as responsible as he is unless she was mentally challenged. Her parents seem to be a lot more than just strange. They should have posted her picture and her name.

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