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Wakefield High coach charged with sex offense

Posted May 21, 2013
Updated May 22, 2013

— Raleigh police on Monday charged a teacher and coach at Wakefield High School with three counts of felony sex offense against a student.

Jamie Lloyd Ayers, 42, of 321 Yellow Poplar Ave. in Wake Forest, is accused of having sex with a student between June 2011 and March 2013, according to arrest warrants.

Raleigh police said the female student is now 18 years old.

Ayers, a health and physical education teacher, leads the girls softball team and is an assistant coach for the football team at Wakefield High School.

Officials with Wake County Public School System said Ayers was first employed by the district in 1998 at East Cary Middle School. He has also worked at Cary High and Wakefield Middle schools. He won a teaching award in 2004.

Ayers was initially held on a $50,000 bond, which was increased to a $100,000 bond during his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Wake Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger requested the higher bond after reviewing correspondence between Ayers and the student.

Several Wakefield students said Tuesday they were shocked to learn of Ayers' arrest and have adopted the slogan "Free Coach Ayers" to support him.

"I'm very shocked," said Jared Petterson, who had Ayers as a weightlifting coach. "This is one of the coaches we would never assume to have these charges."

Ayers was on placed on paid suspension.




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  • bubbaredneck May 28, 2013

    Needs to go to Jail!!!! Bad apple with a worm!!!

  • tarheelfan41 May 28, 2013

    I wonder if he will be dealt with as "harshly" as all the female teachers arrested lately. His bond is already higher.

  • superman May 24, 2013

    Text messages dont mean nothing. People write or say things that are not true as a fantasy. People post pictures on the internet that are not theirs. My question is they arrested him but why didnt they arrest her. She broke the law also. Seems that in cases like this they would arrest both people-not just one. She is as guilty as he "might" be. Seems only fair they would arrest both of them.

  • hockeygalnc May 23, 2013

    The telling thing here is there are text messages. So it can't just be a "he said, she said" thing if there are messages sent back and forth that are obviously incriminating for them to raise the bail.

  • whistler411 May 22, 2013

    For the third time I will try to post this: Keep freezing teacher salaries and reducing benefits, etc, and this is the calibre of person who will be drawn to teach in North Carolina.

  • uscnnc May 22, 2013

    His punishment will be worse, than the female teachers that do the same thing. If convicted, he will get 10-15 years but a female teacher doing the same thing, gets half that time.

  • bubbaOK May 22, 2013

    Seems to me folks would learn how to get it on somehow and not get in legal swamps with grief. This doesn't happen in these parts.

  • JAT May 22, 2013

    People who automatically start shouting "free" whomever are just as troubled as some of the folks who do bad things. Do they honestly think that just because the person may be a church member, great teacher, nice to them all the time, etc., doesn't have the ability to show another side to another person. Don't they realize that the Tsarnaev brothers had friends but yet were willing to kill total strangers; Gacy was a wonderfully nice clown who abused, killed and buried boys; Dhamer was probably nice to some folks; Jodi Arias had 1 boyfriend and killed another; every evil person can be nice when they need to be. I'm not commenting on this case, but these kids need to realize that they may not be hearing the whole story and if it was them who was on the other side, they'd appreciate waiting a little bit.

  • rsmith6120 May 21, 2013

    What is wrong with these men?... 2thec

    It's not just men! It is sick people. Female teachers have been caught doing the same thing.

  • mm23 May 21, 2013

    Ok, he has not been convicted of anything yet, but the students wearing t-shirts in support of him?! Maybe the parents of these kids should tell them to give some thought to the young lady who may have been victimized here (I say may have only because as I said, no conviction yet). Whether she consented or not, as mentioned in other posts, it is a felony when it is a teacher/student situation. And the adult is supposed to honor those boundaries. Simply inexcusable, and the students with the t-shirts should consider how they would feel if the accuser/victim was their sister, cousin or best friend.