Former Cumberland County teacher facing more sex charges

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Laura Garrigus is facing additional sex charges for alleged inappropriate relationships with students (WTVD)

A former Cumberland County teacher is facing more sex charges after authorities say an investigation revealed Laura Garrigus had an inappropriate relationship with an another student.

Last month, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office charged 30-year-old Garrigus with having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.

Investigators said that in early December, a 17-year-old female student alleged a physical relationship with Garrigus, who was a Cumberland County School teacher working at the Cumberland International Early College on the campus of Fayetteville State University at the time.

The relationship allegedly began in October 2015, but investigators said none of the alleged encounters happened on-campus.

Garrigus, who had been with CCS since 2010, was charged with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a student and two counts of sexual offense with a student.

During that investigation, authorities said they discovered a second sexual assault victim.

A new investigation revealed that Garrigus had an inappropriate relationship with a second early college program student on seven separate occasions between October and December 2015.

According to authorities, Garrigus met the juvenile for the purpose of sexual gratification.

Sheriff's detectives served arrest warrants on Garrigus Thursday for 13 new charges - seven felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a student by a teacher, and six felony counts of sexual activity with a student by a teacher.

Garrigus's bond has been raised from $150,000 to $325,000. She is scheduled to appear in court on the new charges Friday afternoon.

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