LEXINGTON, N.C. — A former assistant principal and worship leader in the Piedmont Triad is now facing multiple felony counts of sexual activity with a student.
Jason Keller was arrested Thursday night for crimes that investigators say he committed nearly a decade ago.
He’s accused of having sexual relations with a high school student from 2008 to 2009.
It’s only because the victim recently came forward with new information that Davidson County deputies were able to arrest Keller.
“It never gets easier. Abuse is never okay, no matter the situation. Whether they’re 3-years-old or 17-years-old, it’s not okay,” says Brandi Reagan, who has a job helping child abuse victims. “Last fiscal year alone, we worked with 470 kids. So far this fiscal year, we’ve worked with just under 400 kids.”
As the executive director of the Dragonfly House, a local advocacy center, Reagan knows how difficult it can be for kids to speak up about abuse.
“A lot of times, with child abuse allegations, it’s going to be the child’s word against their offenders’ word,” Reagan said.
It took Davidson County deputies a decade to arrest Keller.
Authorities say he had sex 10 times over a one-year period with a female high school student.
The student did report it back in 2009.
“When it comes to allegations that are made previously but come to fruition years later, there may be some new key evidence of a witness,” Reagan said. “It could have been new technology that came that proves some collaborative information.”
FOX8 got a first look at Keller in court on Friday afternoon.
He’s at the Davidson County Jail on a $1 million bond.
“The community doesn’t recognize how common this is. Child abuse is extremely common and most people don’t recognize it,” Reagan said.
She hopes with increased awareness, more victims will come forward.
“This is a universal thing. It’s universal. It’s happening just as much in Davie County as Davidson County and as in Forsyth County,” Reagan said. “It’s not noticed. It’s not something people pay attention to.”
A Union Grove school administrator did not want to go into detail about the case but did tell FOX8: “Our hearts are heavy for both individuals. At this particular point, we are going to let law enforcement sort through all of this.”