Wake County teacher had sexual relationship with ex-student, NC sheriff says

Bennett in a photo from WNCT.
Bennett in a photo from WNCT.

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A Wake County teacher faces charges for having a sexual relationship with a student he taught while working in Lenoir County.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Bennett over the weekend. The 39-year-old is charged with one count of sexual activity with a student and one count of crime against nature.

Investigators say the charges stem from allegations that Bennett engaged in sexual activity with a student while he was teacher at South Lenoir High School.

Deputies say Bennett worked at South Lenoir during the 2015 – 2016 school year. He left the high school in August of this year.

Deputies say Bennett currently works for Wake County Public Schools. Bennett is listed as a fine arts teacher on the Sanderson High School website and appears to be connected to the school’s chorus department.

Investigators say after Bennett left Lenoir County, communication between him and the student continued.

Bennett was taken a Lenoir County Detention Center and held on a $40,000 bond.

Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram says there is no evidence that Lenoir County Public Schools or South Lenoir High School had knowledge of the incident.

“This is another unfortunate case of a teacher taking advantage of a young person who is not yet prepared to make adult decisions. Teachers are in positions to mold our children. This is one of a small number of public servants who compromise the public’s trust placed in them,”  Ingram said, “This teacher along with any other public servants are not above the law and will be held accountable in the court system.”

Anyone with information regarding this case or any others involved should contact the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 559-6100.

— WNCN-TV contributed to this report

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