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Former Johnston County teacher charged with sex crimes

Posted September 2, 2011 4:30 p.m. EDT

— More charges have been filed against a former Johnston County substitute teacher already facing charges of sex crimes against a child.

Robert Dennis Learn, 64, of Clayton, was charged Thursday with statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said the victim was 13 years old and a student at Clayton Middle School, where Learn taught, when the molestation allegedly occurred in 2008. The incidents happened at the school and a Clayton-area pool, authorities said.

Learn worked at several schools from October 2006 to October 2010, including two middle and two high schools.

The girl’s parents filed a complaint with Clayton Middle School in 2008 but were never informed of the outcome, authorities said. When Learn was charged on Aug. 19 with sex crimes against another child, the girl's family contacted police.

Learn was being held under a $1 million bond at the Johnston County jail in Smithfield on Friday.