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Former Orange County, Ravenscroft teacher faces new sex charges

Wake County authorities have filed new child sex charges against a former Orange County teacher in relation to alleged crimes dating from the mid-1980s.

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William Pendergrass, Orange teacher child sex charges
RALEIGH, N.C. — Wake County authorities have filed new child sex charges against a former Orange County teacher in relation to alleged crimes dating from the mid-1980s.

William Thomas Pendergrass, 60, of 10627 Pendragon Place, faces seven counts of indecent liberties with a minor. He remains in jail under $75,000 bond.

Pendergrass was initially arrested two weeks ago on three counts each of indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape, but Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman dismissed the statutory rape charges last week, saying the crime didn't exist in North Carolina 30 years ago.

According to arrest warrants, Pendergrass engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl between July 1986 and July 1987.

Pendergrass resigned on Oct. 8 as the band teacher at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, officials said. He previously was the band instructor at the private Ravenscroft School in Raleigh.

Ravenscroft officials received a complaint about Pendergrass in April and immediately put him on leave before firing him the following month, school spokeswoman Jennifer Davis said.

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