Pinecrest High police officer charged with having sex with 16-year-old
Posted February 20
Updated February 21
Southern Pines, N.C. — A school police officer at Pinecrest High School resigned Monday and was arrested on several charges involving having sex with a 16-year-old student.
Joshua Matthew Evans, 35, of 514 Bradford Drive in Aberdeen, was charged with five counts of felony sex acts with a student, two counts of felony crime against nature and one count each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misdemeanor assault on a female.
Moore County Schools officials said they received an allegation regarding Evans early this month and asked him to stay away from Pinecrest High while it was investigated. He was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 8.
Arrest warrants say the sex acts allegedly occurred between last May and late January. The assault charge alleges that Evans grabbed the girl by the neck and shirt.
"Moore County Schools will continue to cooperate fully with the Sheriff’s Department and to take all appropriate measures to ensure the safety and protect the privacy of its students," district officials said in a statement.
Evans, who had worked with the school district since August 2012, was being held in the Moore County jail under a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court March 13.
Court documents show the girl has told authorities she feels threatened and worries about retaliation from Evans if he is released.