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Teacher, once honored by Wake Forest Chamber, dismissed after charges of misconduct with student

Posted February 12, 2021 8:13 p.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2021 2:46 p.m. EST

— Thales Academy on Monday announced it had dismissed a teacher accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old boy.

According to investigators, the teacher, Paula Stinson, 30, and the boy exchanged text messages that were found by his parents and turned over to authorities. Investigators later determined the teacher and the boy had inappropriate conduct both at the school in Rolesville and at the boy’s home.

In a message in response to WRAL's request for an interview, Stinson referred all communication to her lawyers.

Thales Academy released a statement saying:

"Mrs. Paula Stinson is under investigation by the Wake County Sheriff's Office for alleged misconduct. Mrs. Stinson has been terminated as an employee of Thales Academy effective immediately. Thales Leadership is actively communicating with the Wake County Sheriff's Office and cooperating with their investigation."

Stinson faces 12 charges of felony indecent liberties with a child. Her attorney appeared in court on her behalf on Monday morning, but he declined an opportunity to speak to WRAL News.

Stinson is listed as the former athletic director for the Thales junior high and high school in Rolesville, one of nine Thales locations in North Carolina.

According to LinkedIn, Stinson had worked at Thales for almost six years. She also worked at schools in Arkansas and in Michigan. In May, she was honored by the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce as teacher of the month.

At Stinson's Wake Forest home, no one answered the door on Monday. Records show she and her husband married in March and bought the home in September.

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