NC teacher charged after having sexual encounters with two students

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Matthew David Belk.

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A Gold Hill, N.C., man has been charged after having sexual encounters with two students at his home.

On Nov. 21 the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office about a sexual offense case involving a teacher and students in Davidson County.

The investigation revealed that 30-year-old Matthew David Belk was the teacher, and that he lived in Rowan County at 1085 Taylors Country Lane in Gold Hill. The offenses that were reported occurred at his home, in Rowan County.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Belk met the victims through his employment at South Davidson County High School in Denton. Two teenage victims that were students of Belk were identified.

The incidents began in May 2013 and continued until the school was notified in November 2014.

During the course of the investigation Belk resigned from Davidson County Schools.  On Wednesday, the school district released this statement:

Following an investigation by appropriate law enforcement, South Davidson High School teacher, Matthew Belk, tendered his resignation effective November 24, 2014. The Davidson County School system continues to follow district policy and is cooperating with law enforcement. Student and staff safety is a top priority and we take all reports and allegations seriously. Our concern is for any student that may be treated inappropriately.

On Nov. 25 he turned himself in at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, and was served with 21 felony charges of sex offense with a student.  He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Lt. C. Moose at (704) 216-8687 or Detective C.J. Gordy at (704) 216-8710.