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Former Randleman High teacher facing 20 indecent liberties with students charges

ASHEBORO, N.C. — A former teacher at Randleman High School charged with taking indecent liberties with a student in December is facing several more charges following an investigation.

On Dec. 17, 2013, a joint investigation between the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and Randolph County Schools concerning an assault of a student at Randleman High School resulted in the arrest of Hazem M. Eldara, 54, of Asheboro. He was charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a student.

As a result of that investigation, officers seized several digital media devices. Upon analyzing the devices, deputies located evidence of additional crimes.

A total of eight victims have been identified. All but one of the victims were former students of Eldara.

Eldara turned himself in at the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. He was charged with 19 additional counts of indecent liberties with a student, 18 counts of secret use of a photographic imaging device to view others and 18 counts of possession of a photographic image obtained in violation of secret peeping statutes.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office did not want to disclose how Eldara may have taken those photos because the information would identify the victims.

Even with the limited information, Courtney Chavis, a spokesperson for the the Randolph County Family Crisis Center, hoped the school and investigators would be a little more forthcoming in the future to help students understand the nature of sex crimes in school.

“You can be broad and still address some of the lingering questions that are out there to a degree that would be helpful for those that would be willing to listen and participate,” said Chavis.

The crisis center already has a presence in the school. Counselors teach sex assault awareness to both male and female students when they enter ninth grade.

Chavis admits though that this is a troubling situation because in many cases students are told to trust teachers as a confidant with problems like this. Chavis said she’s been monitoring the online chatter regarding this arrest and said some students don’t want to believe the accusations.

“There was a lot of disbelief,” said Chavis. “They came to the defense of this particular teacher because of they did not see him in that light.”

Eldara is confined in the Randolph County Jail under a $2,750,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court May 5.

24 comments

  • sally

    I’m sure now we will have to hear billions of comments from people say he could have never done this. Like we did when he was first arrested. Everyone was saying,” the trust will come out.” YEP, it sure did!! Students especially couldn’t believe it. They don’t understand that is how pediphiles work. They make you think they’re the best thing since sliced bread and get you to trust them and swoop in without anyone believing it’s possible. Looks like this guy did more than initially thought. Makes me sick to my stomach, especially since I have a child at this school. Now, maybe everyone will stop blaming the victim since it is now been proven that there was more than one victim. THIS GUY is evil!! That is all there is to it. I hope he gets punished to the full extent of the law. Makes me wish for just a brief moment Marshall law was legal. He wouldn’t stand a snowballs chance in hell in Randleman if it were!!

    • sally

      I know, A LOT of the students said it. They just don’t see the world and people for what they really are. They don’t have the life experience to do so. They were sticking up for their teacher who they sincerly believed was their friend. I hope now that a lot of the blaming of this victim will stop and that people will stop to realize what really went on.

  • sally

    And Norma, I just know how you feel about being concerned about the peeping. I’m there with you. I am just thankful that he was caught and stopped before he could do more damage.

    • FaithC

      Thanks! Im a fatty so I dont have a job. I just sit home and work the old refresh button as much as I can and comment as soon as I see something new!

      • Iama Retiree

        You need to keep your stories straight — you commented on another story that you were at work and could not make a comment when someone asked where you were ?? Once a storyteller, always a storyteller ! No truth in anything you say !

    • Toni

      While all pedophiles should be exposed for what they are, whenever it’s a teacher the news media is extra vigilant to report it. There’s pedophiles in every occupation, people aren’t as interested when it’s a brick layer or lawn maintenance guy.

      • Lauren

        Maybe because when a pedophile is a teacher he’s CONSTANTLY AROUND CHILDREN. A construction worker, not so much.

    • Will Eats the Yellow Snow

      You have nothing to worry about Mark, farm animals do not count as “daughters”…

  • Jose DePaz

    I think the response for that would be that that could happen anywhere around the world, not only in Randleman. The fact that flozzies might not be a word is probable but there are a lot of people that dress librally, whether it be In the city of Randleman or not, yes that sometimes does provoke man into something Indecent but in a general public eyes opinion a man that has had several liberties with a woman probably would of been provoked even if a woman would of dressed decent or appropriate and also if she had a model type body you know. And the same question goes if the situation were reversed and and older woman had indecent liberties with young children you know or senior high school students something relative. It’s in every human beings ability to control themselves and be aware that nothing hides forever and sooner or later things come right back around. Unfortunately, we as human beings tend to judge a lot and see others faults but sometimes forget that we may have bigger faults in our life, and when that happens there are people to point fingers. It’s all universal, Yes, Mr. E has committed a lot of indecent liberties and therefore we have a law system that we go by and there is always a price to pay for what has been done but also there is another price and that is that he will have to live with that forever until he decides to change into another man, not what he once was but what he can and may be one day.

    • sally

      Will, you make me sick!! Your comments aren’t cute and are completely inappropriate as usual. The comment about what they were wearing and well as the illegals comment just shows your level bigotry. I guess you don’t discriminate when it comes to who you discriminate against huh? This is a serious topic and as a parent who has a student at this school, I don’t appreciate it one bit. I think that they need to release this guy to the parents of the students and see how that goes. And Will, depending on what you’re wearing, we might include you too. You can rest easy knowing it will have all been due to WHAT YOU WERE WEARING!!! You’re a JERK!!

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