Catawba County Teacher Charged With Sex Crimes Involving A Student

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — Officials say a Catawba County teacher is facing statutory rape and sex offense charges.

Detectives say they opened their investigation after receiving a tip that Jeb Stuart Bass had an inappropriate relationship with a student.  Bass, of Newton, is a social studies at Fred T. Foard High School.  School officials say he also served as an assistant boys’ basketball coach and assistant football coach.

Bass has been charged with one count of statutory rape and one count of sexual offense with a student.  There is no word if the incident happened on school grounds.

Bass has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a news release from Catawba County Schools.  Officials say the superintendent intends to recommend that Bass be dismissed and suspended without pay.

No other details have been released at this time.