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Rocky Mount teacher charged in sex crimes involving three male students

Posted June 9
Updated June 13

— A Rocky Mount teacher accused of engaging in sex acts with students made her first court appearance on Tuesday, facing four felony charges.

Erin Elizabeth McAuliffe, 25, of Rocky Mount, is accused of having sexual contact with 3 teenage boys appeared in court this morning.

Erin Elizabeth McAuliffe

She's charged with three counts of sex acts with a minor and one charge of indecent liberties with a minor. The victims are all Rocky Mount Prep students, where she was a teacher for less than a year

Investigators began looking into allegations of misconduct in May after receiving a call from school administrators. Police say the students involved included a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds.

Police said the the incidents happened off campus, and detectives have interviewed numerous students and faculty.

McAuliffe covered her face when she left the court room and would not speak with reporters.

Officials said more details will come at a later date. Her next court appearance is June 29.

School officials said Friday that McAuliffe was fired on May 4. School officials said her tenure there began in August 2016.

McAuliffe was in the Carteret County jail Friday under a $20,000 bond.


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  • Sammy Kinton Jun 10, 4:47 p.m.
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    Braska Williams, you have an excellent point there.

  • Braska Williams Jun 10, 12:18 p.m.
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    As a 25 year educator, I would like to caution a rush to judgement about this arrest. This teacher is right now only guilty of being young and attractive. It does not mean that she is guilty of the charges. Because of her looks, many young men at her school probably have tried to hit on her, and if she rejected their wrong attention, out of anger and rejection, a wrong rumor gets started. As a result, a career gets ruined. Kids do lie. I have seen it. I say that we wait for court and see the truth come forward.

  • New Holland Jun 10, 10:02 a.m.
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    I wonder how the word got out...
    Maybe one of the boys got dumped for another

  • Charlie Watkins Jun 10, 5:37 a.m.
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    Time to lower the age of consent.

  • Kiara Babel Jun 9, 9:58 p.m.
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    The world is going madd

  • Nancy Oberman Jun 9, 7:26 p.m.
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    Makes one wonder why she isn't with MEN her age.. but, I guess kids ARE easier to manipulate. Sad...

  • Sara Hauser Jun 9, 6:04 p.m.
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    Why can't these teachers find people their own age or at least age of consent??? They have ruined their careers, caused harm to their victims and look st prison time.

  • Daryl Mac Jun 9, 5:31 p.m.
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    You guys are ridiculous with the young boy fantasy @#$%.. their are laws to protect children...and to act as if its only not ok if a male does it because young girls cant have fantasies? .. man or women its wrong .. that's why is embarrassing and against the law!

  • Maggie Trevillian Jun 9, 3:07 p.m.
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    Male* teachers not make teachers. Where's the edit/delete button on this app. Smdh

  • Teddy Fowler Jun 9, 1:54 p.m.
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    Why is it that some types of crimes.... like teachers having sex with students... always seem to make the big story... do not understand that....