Ex-Orange County sub under investigation for sending nudes to students, sheriff says

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A former Cedar Ridge High School substitute teacher is under investigation for sending nude photos through social media to current and former students, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Don’t you have anything better to do,” asked Dakota Arehart.

Arehart, a student at Cedar Ridge High School, has that question for former substitute teacher Jessica Needham.

“I’m sure you’ll get a better response from people your own age,” he said.

CBS North Carolina stopped my Needham’s house Wednesday and called her to get her side of the story.

We didn’t get a response.

Her attorney, Daron Satterfield, called back and said the family is blindsided by this investigation.

He did not confirm how many pictures were sent nor the details of the picture or pictures.

He says this was all an innocent mistake.

Students are blindsided as well.

“It kind of shocked me that someone at this school would, just anyone at this school would do something like that,” said Arehart.

This district says it’s been communicating with the sheriff’s office about the matter, and that it’s confident about the safety of students and staff at the school.

“I have complete confidence in the leadership of Cedar Ridge and we are in constant communication with Dr. Witt (Superintendent Todd Wirt) and his staff,” said Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood.

The school district says it’s calling and emailing parents at the school about the investigation.

Through her attorney, Needham denies any wrongdoing.

As of now, Needham has not been charged with any crime.



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