Former Douglas Byrd Middle School principal, 49 -year-old David Edwards, has been arrested after police began investigating claims that he’d sexually abused at least three students between the ages of 11 and 14 years old, on two different campuses, between 2009 and 2011.
The boys told investigators that Edwards not only inappropriately touched them and forced them to perform sexual acts in his office, but that on at least one occasion, performed sex acts on a boy while his unsuspecting parents waited right outside the office’s closed door.
Edwards was charged with two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of sexual acts with a student, five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, and a count of crimes against nature. The judge let him go on a $140,000 bond, but at least gave him an order to stay away from any kids under 16.
Edwards has resigned as principal, citing “educational opportunities.” Detectives believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with any information to call the Cumberland Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.
Parents, make sure you have an open discussion with your kids about rape. Let them know it’s their right to scream bloody murder if someone is touching them inappropriately, even if the person doing the touching is a family member or an authority figure.Tags: Crime, David Edwards, North Carolina, principal, Rape, school