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Kernersville police charge East Forsyth High School teacher with sexual activity with a student

Rebecca Swinson

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — An East Forsyth High School teacher was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual activity with a student and indecent liberties with a student, according to a news release.

Police started investigating allegations on July 30, leading to the Tuesday arrest.

Rebecca Swinson, 38, of Winston-Salem, faces three counts of sexual activity with a student and 16 counts of indecent liberties with a student.

According to warrants, Swinson engaged in sexual activity with two East Forsyth High School students.

Kernersville police said the offenses happened on school grounds in the fall semester of 2017.

Swinson is listed on the website of East Forsyth High School as an English teacher.

School officials say she was suspended when they learned of the investigation earlier this summer. She has since been dismissed.

She received a $150,000 unsecured bond.

Quander & Rubain, trial lawyers representing Swinson, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

“Rebecca Swinson was an English teacher, cross-country coach, and member of the East Forsyth High School community for 5 years. When Rebecca learned of the charges against her she cooperated with law enforcement and turned herself in. Due to the nature of the charges, it is tempting to rush to judgment; however, we would caution the public against doing so. This is a very difficult time for Rebecca, her family, and dear friends. We would ask that she and all of the individuals involved be given privacy. We have great confidence in the legal process and that justice will be served for Rebecca and those involved.”