Ex-Fayetteville principal sentenced for sex crimes

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A former Fayetteville principal has pleaded guilty to five child sex abuse charges including indecent liberties with children.

Last week, David Ellis Edwards, a former principal of Ramsey Street Alternative and Douglas Byrd middle schools, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent liberties with children after facing an 11-count indictment.

“There’s no question that he did something wrong so it’s disgusting,” said Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Frank Till. “You can speculate he knew something was coming but you know he resigned and went on his way.”

Authorities said the crimes involved three students at schools who were all boys between the ages of 11 and 14.

Former colleague Orner Walker said he was the one who reported Edwards first.

Walker said he felt Edwards was spending too much time with certain male students and seemed to be playing favorites.

“I asked him if he was more or less gay? Or messin’? And he got upset and said I was spreading rumors,” Walker said.

According to court documents filed in a civil suit, when Walker reported Edwards in 2007, the school system did not investigate. Instead, the school asked Walker to resign for a different reason weeks later.

According to court documents, Edwards will be under supervised probation for 60 months and will be placed in the second offender program.

He also can not have any contact with the victims during his probation period.

Previously, Edwards’ attorney had said he was not guilty of the charges against him.

Edwards also must pay for any mental health treatment his victims might need because of his actions.

Edwards resigned as principal at Douglas Byrd Middle School in August 2013.

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