Lenoir County teacher, coach charged with having sex with student

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Donnell Gordon Garris III
Donnell Gordon Garris III
image courtesy Lenoir County Sheriff's Office

KINSTON, Lenoir County -- A North Lenoir High School teacher and coach was arrested after the deputies said he had sex with a student.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office arrested Donnell Gordon Garris III of LaGrange and charged him with six felony counts of a sexual act with a student. The arrest was made after a tip was sent to Lenoir County Public Schools officials leading to an investigation, WCTI reports.

Detectives said the incidents happened sometime in the summer on school property during school-permitted activities, which meets the statutory requirements of violating sex offense laws.

Garris was taken to the W.E. "Billy" Smith Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

The investigation is still on going.

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