Lowrance Middle teacher assistant charged with sexually assaulting handicapped student

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Patrick Biet Nolan

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Lowrance Middle School teacher assistant has been charged with inappropriately touching a developmentally delayed student in his class.

Patrick Biet Nolan, 63, of Winston-Salem, is charged with two counts of indecent liberties, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a student by a teacher and two counts of simple assault on a handicapped person.

On March 26, 2015, Atkins High School officials contacted their school resource officer about some possible inappropriate behavior involving Nolan.

Nolan was reported to be inappropriately touching a 15-year-old developmentally delayed student in his class, police said.

The student, as well as other students and faculty, were recently relocated to Atkins High School from Hanes-Lowrance Middle School, police said.

The school resource officer notified Winston-Salem Police Department detectives, who assumed the investigation.

Based on evidence collected, Nolan was charged with sexually assaulting the 15-year-old student, police said.

On Tuesday, Nolan turned himself in at the Forsyth County Detention Center. He was placed under a $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court May 14.