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Jury finds former Iredell Co. teacher guilty of 173 sex charges


Tommy Patterson

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A jury has found a former Iredell County teacher guilty of molesting students.

WSOC-TV reported that Tommy Patterson was found guilty of 173 child sex charges.

Accusers said he fondled them during class at Mount Mourne Elementary School in the 1970s and ’80s.

“Mr. Patterson was able to walk these streets while all these children had lived with demons inside,” said one victim’s mother.

The judge sentenced Patterson to life in prison plus a series of 3-year sentences.

Patterson denied the claims in court.

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