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Wake teacher faces student sex charges in Durham

Posted December 20, 2016
Updated December 21, 2016

— A Wake County teacher was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual offenses involving a 14-year-old student in Durham, police said.

Troy Logan Pickens, 26, of 6620 Lake Hill Road in Raleigh, was charged with statutory rape, committing a sexual offense involving a student and taking indecent liberties with a child. He was arrested in Rockingham by members of the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force.

The alleged incident occurred in February 2015 while Pickens was a chorus teacher at Neal Middle School in Durham, police said.

Durham Public Schools officials said Pickens resigned in March 2015, two days after he was suspended when a student alleged he had touched her inappropriately.

A former Neal Middle student recently alleged "a serious concern" about Pickens, which prompted the investigation that led to the criminal charges, officials said in a statement.

Pickens has taught at Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh since July 2015. He was suspended last week when Wake County Public School System officials learned of the Durham allegations, officials said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Durham police Investigator J. Sandoval at 919-560-4440, extension 29461.


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  • Anna Temple Dec 21, 2016
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    Lord of mercy, and this is just from today. This is a weekly occurrence here in NC. The marketing push to show sex appeal in every single thing we do may have some influence here. Check out what sells and how it is sold, you will soon realize that sex is the drug of choice being pushed.

  • Henry Evans Dec 21, 2016
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    If we allow people to decide who is to be taken out and "shot," then that is vigilantism. People are presumed innocent until proven guilty. I am not defending the perp but our right to a fair trial. Too many want to convict based upon an accusation. Remember the UVA rape case? They grabbed the figurative pitchforks and torches and wanted to react violently against the fraternity. The incident never happened.

  • Robert Malton Dec 21, 2016
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    What is wrong with these people, person like this should be taken out and just shot. The child is going to have to live with what he done for life.

  • Kim Harrison Dec 20, 2016
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    Background checks report criminal information, not HR information. Your HR records don't cross county lines. He didn't commit a crime (at least not prior to resigning) so nothing would have shown up in the background check.

  • Byrd Ferguson Dec 20, 2016
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    So if he was suspended and resigned last year, how did he get a job in Wake schools? Did they not do a background check?