Chancellor Allen Meadors said student William Sequioa Carter, who taught young kids how to swim in a class at the university, was fired last Friday after a mother with a child in the class discovered Carter was a registered sex offender.
In 1999, Carter was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor in Cabarrus County. He was initially charged with statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl.
Meadors said background checks are conducted for certain employees, but not students and faculty members. He said no one in the UNC system does a background check on students unless they indicated they had a prior record when they enrolled.
Chasity Carter, whose 3-year-old son was in the class, apparently became aware of William Carter's background after her sister found the man's name on a list of Robeson County residents on the state's sex offender registry. Chasity Carter's sister also had a child in the swim class.
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