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School janitor charged with touching student

Posted November 20, 2008 10:39 a.m. EST
Updated November 20, 2008 1:56 p.m. EST

— A Gray's Creek High School janitor has been charged with inappropriately touching a student, authorities said Thursday.

Dennis Simmons, 49, of 4447 Wellington Drive in Fayetteville, gave the 15-year-old student a ride home after a basketball game last Saturday, and the girl told authorities he fondled her and asked her to engage in a sexual act with him.

Simmons is charged with kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was being held Thursday in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Cumberland County Schools spokeswoman Wanda McPhaul said Simmons has been suspended with pay, pending the results of an investigation by the Gray's Creek High principal.