Former Winston-Salem teacher assistant pleads guilty to sexual assault of handicapped student

Patrick Biet Nolan

Patrick Biet Nolan

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A former Winston-Salem teacher assistant has been convicted on charges that he sexually assaulted a handicapped student in his class last year.

Patrick Biet Nolan, 65, of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a student and two misdemeanor counts of assault on a handicapped student.

Nolan received two suspended sentences of 14 months to 26 months in prison and was placed on supervised probation. He must also register as a sex offender.

The suspect is a former Lowrance Middle School teacher assistant.

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.