Rowan Co. man who was teacher, Boy Scouts leader charged with indecent liberties with children

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James Paul Barringer

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A man who served as a Rowan County middle school teacher and local Boy Scouts leader has been arrested on multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with children.

On July 13, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division began investigating a complaint concerning inappropriate sexual activity by a person that was employed as a teacher at China Grove Middle School and also served as a local Boy Scouts leader.

The incidents allegedly occurred over the last two years. During the course of the investigation, evidence was developed that indicated the incidents involved more then one victim in the pre-teen age range.

On Wednesday, warrants were obtained to arrest James Paul Barringer, 51, of Salisbury.

Barringer was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on Barringer is asked to call Det. Sara Benfield at 704-216-8739 or Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687.


  • FaithC

    Sad and sick.
    No way of knowing what a teacher’s character is ahead of time. Scum like this learn how to gain the trust of children and their parents. At least they caught him.

  • tony

    This nasty pervert!!!! But what would you expect from this type of ppl. THEY always do nasty stuff like this. I’m pretty sure its more other that are like this. Nasty old men.

  • popeye

    They need to start hanging these perverts in the middle of downtown and show it on TV then let them hang for a few days for the other Animals to get a good view of what happens when you do things like this and this stuff might slow down!!!!

    • Iama Retiree

      @ SINNER 3 – ……. and what has being Catholic got to do with the price of eggs in July ? This guy, for sure is a pervert and deserves the harshest punishment he can get (and more), but as far as the religion is concerned —– he does not even know what that is !

      • sinner 3

        Hey Iama take it up with the pope the Catholics are well known and documented child molesters !!

  • CGMS Students

    Okay you guys this was my eight grade math teacher I highly doubt he did something like this he was an awesome teacher I think he wouldn’t do anything like this

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