Student's story leads to sex charges for Durham teacher

A first-person story in the North Carolina Central University student newspaper details the relationship between a senior at Forsyth County's Parkland High and her band instructor, now employed in Durham.

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DURHAM, N.C. — Terry Lamar Jones Jr., an employee at Durham's Shepard Magnet Middle School, is wanted by authorities for having sex with a student while he taught at Forsyth County's Parkland High School.

Jones is the band instructor at Shepard.

The student was a senior at Parkland at the time of their relationship. When she wrote about it, under a pseudonym, in the student newspaper at North Carolina Central University, Parkland Principal Tim Lee brought it to the attention of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

In the story, the student describes how she initiated the first kiss with the band instructor she calls "Smith." She wrote that he was 24, seven years older than her at the time. 

She and a friend were his favorites, she wrote. She thought she was in love with him until after graduation when she realized he had been having sex with her friend too. As the article ends, the student notes that her former teacher and lover remains in a relationship with her ex-friend.

She also wrote graphically about the abortion she had in Greensboro, a location chosen by her teacher so that they wouldn't be caught together.

Jones lives in Durham, but authorities have been unable to track him down to arrest him. He is charged with 64 counts of sex with a student, a felony.

Durham police, NCCU campus police and the State Bureau of Investigation are all involved in the search for Jones.

Anyone with information about where he might be is asked to call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 336-917-7001 or Crime Stoppers at 336- 727-2800.



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