Burlington teacher accused of indecent liberties with a student


Derrick E. Covington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A Burlington teacher has been arrested on sex charges, according to a news release from Burlington police.

Derrick E. Covington, 32, of Burlington, is charged with indecent liberties and solicitation to commit sexual activity with a student by a teacher.

On Tuesday, Burlington police were notified by Cummings High School staff of alleged inappropriate contact between a student at the school and a teacher employed at both Broadview Middle School and Cummings High School.

Following an investigation, Covington was arrested and charged. Covington is being held in the Alamance County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.

Covington was an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Broadview Middle from 2018-2019. He was a daycare assistant at Andrews Elementary School in 2005. He also has volunteered with the joint band program for Broadview and Cummings high schools.

He is no longer employed by Alamance-Burlington Schools.

All the known contacts between the student and Covington occurred at the related schools, police said.

Covington was also employed part-time with the City of Burlington Recreation and Parks Department. He was fired after the department was notified of his arrest.

Alamance-Burlington Schools released the following statement to FOX8:

The safety, security and well-being of all children in our care is our district’s highest priority. It is our expectation that every adult in every school adheres to our professional code of conduct that honors the unique, special bond of trust between students and teachers.

Alamance-Burlington Schools continues to work closely with law enforcement on this investigation and asks anyone who may have pertinent information to contact Burlington Police, any ABSS school administrator or licensed school counselor.


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