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Johnston elementary school principal charged with sexually assaulting 31-year-old man

Posted May 26, 2021 4:55 p.m. EDT
Updated May 27, 2021 2:51 p.m. EDT

— An elementary school principal in Johnston County has been charged with sexual assault.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Daniel Cole Yarborough, of Clayton, sexually assaulted a 31-year-old man who lives on the same street as him on Saturday.

Yarborough, who has resigned as principal at Glendale-Kenly Elementary School, was arrested by investigators Wednesday at his residence and charged with felonious second-degree forcible sex offense. He was released after posting $250,000 bond.

Johnston County Schools released the following statement regarding Yarborough's arrest:

"Mr. Cole Yarborough was suspended with pay immediately after the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office notified JCPS of his arrest. Mr. Yarborough has subsequently resigned from employment with the Johnston County Public Schools, effective immediately. Mr. Yarborough previously served as Principal at Glendale-Kenly Elementary. Mrs. Kelly Holland is currently serving as Interim Principal."

Prior to becoming principal at Glendale-Kenly Elementary in 2017, Yarborough was a seventh-grade math teacher at Archer Lodge Middle School from 2009 to 2014, an assistant principal at Cleveland High School from 2014 to 2016 and assistant principal at South Smithfield Elementary for the 2016-17 school year.

Yarborough was a member of the North Carolina State University swim team from 2005 to 2008.

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