Investigation Clears Wiley Middle School Teacher

4:19 PM, Sep 16, 2010   |    comments
Wiley Middle School
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Winston-Salem, NC -- The Winston-Salem Police Department has closed their investigation into allegations of "inappropriate touching" by a Wiley Middle School teacher.

Police said their investigation revealed the allegations against Jason Ford by five students were because of prior disciplinary actions he had taken involving students.  This information came from interviews with Ford and the students involved.

Captain David Clayton said that three of the five students that made the allegations had been disciplined by Ford.  Clayton said that the students had made up the story in retaliation for the discipline.

Jason Ford was suspended with pay last week by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.   At that time, district officials say the suspension was related to allegations of "inappropriate touching."

School officials are scheduled to meet with Ford on Friday to determine when he will return to the classroom.

"The school system welcomes Ford back, and Wiley Middle will return to its normal routine," said school spokesman Theo Helm.

The allegations against Ford were first made on May 6, 2010.  Four students at Wiley Middle School alleged that they had been inappropriately touched by Ford.  Police say those allegations were reported to the school administration.  A day later, a fifth student made similar allegations against Ford.

On May 27, Ford spoke with a School Resource Officer regarding the allegations made against him.  The SRO at that time was unaware of the allegations.  Police said it was at that time that they discovered the incident had never been reported to law enforcement.

The next day, the Criminal Investigations Division of the Winston-Salem police took over the investigation.   At that time, the interviews were conducted leading to their conclusion.

The Winston-Salem police department passed their information on to the Forsyth County District Attorney's office.

Ford's suspension last week came as the Forsyth County District Attorney's Office enlisted the help of the SBI as they look into allegations of how the school system has been and should report criminal conduct within the district.

The Winston-Salem / Forsyth County School Board also suspended with pay school system attorney Drew Davis during the investigation into reporting of criminal conduct.

 

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