DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A former North Davidson High School teacher and coach has been charged with indecent liberties with a student, according to a press release.
Detectives with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office received information late Monday night about an inappropriate relationship between the former teacher/coach and a current juvenile female student at the school.
Detectives began an investigation into the alleged relationship and identified James Brandon Mullis, 36 of High Point, as the former teacher/coach involved.
Detectives conducted a search warrant on Mullis’ residence in High Point on Tuesday. They located a photograph linking Mullis and a 16-year-old female student as engaging in a relationship.
Mullis was arrested at his residence and charged with one count of incident liberties with a student and one count of third-degree exploitation of a minor.
Mullis was held in the Davidson County Detention Center under a $50,000 secure bond — he bonded out of jail Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in Lexington District Court on July 29.
Mullis was a teacher and was the head varsity boys’ basketball coach for the past two years at North Davidson High School (August 2017 to May 2019). He resigned from North Davidson in April to accept the same position at Southwest Guilford High School, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Guilford County Schools officials say Mullis was under a 1-month contract at Southwest Guilford (from May-June). His contract expired and Guilford County Schools “will not be renewing his contract.”
This is still an active, ongoing investigation and there is potential for additional charges.
Anyone with information regarding this case or any other case of this nature is urged to contact the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
Davidson County Schools offered the following statement on Wednesday concerning the arrest of Mullis:
“We only learned of this alleged incident and arrest in the last 24 hours, however, to our knowledge and based on what law enforcement has shared with us, this unfortunate alleged incident did not occur on Davidson County Schools property or while Mr. Mullis was employed with Davidson County Schools. We hold high expectations for professional, ethical, and legal conduct by all Davidson County Schools employees. Davidson County Schools will cooperate fully with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and any other law enforcement agency with the active and ongoing investigation.
Our immediate concern is with the student and her family at this time, as maintaining safe school communities is always our top priority.”