Davidson County elementary teacher suspended after sexual exploitation charges

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Clifton Woerner Higgins

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Davidson County elementary teacher has been suspended with pay after being arrested on charges of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Clifton Woerner Higgins, 31, of Mocksville, was arrested Friday after an investigation into an alleged sexual exploitation of a minor, according to Mocksville police.

Higgins is a music teacher for Davis‐Townsend and Tyro Elementary schools in Davidson County. He was hired on Aug. 21, 2015, and has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

The alleged crimes were committed over the internet during late 2015 and early 2016 in Mocksville, according to police. Other details about the allegations have not been released.

Davidson County Schools said there is no reason to believe any incident happened on school grounds and no students were at risk.

Mocksville police and the Davie County Sheriff’s Office completed the investigation that led to the issuance of warrants for the suspect.

Police said the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect and served the warrants in Lexington. He faces numerous counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to state records.

Higgins was placed in the Davie County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond and has court planned for Thursday.

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