Headmaster’s harassment results in criminal conviction

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A Wake County jury has convicted the former headmaster of East Wake Academy in Zebulon of one count of sexual battery and another of assault on a female.

Co-workers alleged the headmaster engaged in a pattern of harassing be­­­­havior. In one case, he pulled down a female co-worker’s pants to see a tattoo. On a different occasion, he hugged another woman, who re­­ported that he was clearly sexually aroused at the time.

He will serve 120 days in jail and must register as a sex offender for the next 30 years.

The jury deadlocked on a more serious charge of sexual battery and assault. The court declared a mistrial on that charge and the district attorney must now decide whether to refile the charges.

According to testimony, the school merely encouraged the women to write letters of complaint, but never actually investigated their allegations. The EEOC determined the harassment was “severe or pervasive.”

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