Former Fayetteville principal charged with sex crimes

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David Ellis Edwards

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A former Fayetteville middle school principal has been charged with multiple sex crimes, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office.

WTVD reported that David Ellis Edwards, 49, of Tobago Place, has been charged with two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of sexual acts with a student, and five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Detectives say the sex acts allegedly took place at Ramsey Street Alternative and Douglas Byrd Middle Schools, and there are at least three alleged victims, all male, who came forward.

It was reported that the victims were between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. On at least one occasion, the crimes were committed while a parent unknowingly sat in a waiting area in the office of the school.

Detectives said the victims told them that, between 2009 to 2011, they were touched inappropriately or were forced to participate in sexual acts with Edwards.

Edwards was arrested today after turning himself in to the sheriff’s office. He resigned from his position as principal six weeks ago.

His bond was set at $140,000.

Deputies are asking any other victims to come forward. They can call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 323-15000.

Source: WTVD

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