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Johnston County wrestling coach accused of indecent liberties with student

Posted March 29, 2012 6:05 p.m. EDT
Updated March 30, 2012 5:46 a.m. EDT

— A teacher and wrestling coach at Corinth Holders High School in Johnston County was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with taking indecent liberties with a 16-year-old girl at the school.

James Joseph McNamara II, 25, posted $5,000 bond and was released from the Johnston County jail Thursday. He is scheduled to be in court at 9 a.m. Friday.

McNamara has been suspended from the school with pay since March 6, when allegations against him surfaced, according to Johnston County Schools' spokeswoman Terri Sessoms. He was hired in August 2010.

"The school system is continuing to conduct a confidential review of this situation and continues to cooperate with law enforcement," Sessoms said in a statement.

Some parents and students have taken to social media to voice their support for the coach and have launched an online petition on his behalf. 

Dale Brown, whose daughter is a junior at the school, said he supports the students rallying behind the coach and cautions others not to rush to judgment.

"The majority of the students at this school support him," Brown said. "I've talked to a lot of the students that go to school here, and their opinion is (that) nothing really happened."