LENOIR, NC — A 29-year-old teacher was arrested Tuesday morning after allegations that he had inappropriate contact with students at William Lenoir Middle School.
Justin Biggs was arrested around 8am at the Lenoir Police Department on True Bills of Indictments issued by a Caldwell County Grand Jury. Police say they began investigating reports of physical assault involving Biggs on November 9th, and detectives presented their case to the Grand Jury Monday.
Biggs is charged with three counts of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child.
The school district says Biggs, a former math teacher at William Lenoir Middle, had been employed with them since December 2013 and resigned on November 20, 2017.
In May 2015, Granite Falls Police say seven students came forward accusing Biggs, who was then a teacher at Granite Falls Middle School, of inappropriate contact. Police investigated the allegations and presented their case to the DA in September 2015, but no charges were filed.
Caldwell County School District released the following statement regarding Biggs:
“After an extensive school/law enforcement investigation in 2015, reports of inappropriate behavior were unsubstantiated or validated as sexual or criminal in nature. Behavior was deemed to be immature and childish, but not of a criminal nature. There was never any advisement from law enforcement that he should be terminated or was a danger to students. An administrative decision was made to reassign to a different school, with a vacancy in the teacher’s certification area with specific conditions of employment. We continue to work closely with law enforcement officials.”
Biggs has been placed under a $150,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear before a judge on January 8th.
Police ask anyone with information on this case to contact Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or Lenoir PD at 828-757-2100.