Former Durham and current Wake County middle school teacher charged with statutory rape of student

DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) -- Durham police arrested a former teacher at Neal Middle School Tuesday and charged him with sexual offenses from 2015 involving a 14-year-old female student.

Troy Logan Pickens, 26, of Raleigh was arrested in Rockingham by US Marshals. Pickens is currently a teacher in Wake County at Durant Road Middle School.

The alleged incident happened in February 2015 while he was a teacher. The incident was reported this month, according to police.

A spokesperson from Wake County Public Schools said Pickens was suspended December 13 after district officials learned of the allegations. School officials said they didn't know about the allegations until they were contacted by investigators.

Pickens has been employed with WCPSS since July 1, 2015.

He was charged with statutory rape, committing a sexual offense involving a student, and taking indecent liberties with a child. Bond was raised to $750,000 at a court hearing Wednesday.

Pickens was a chorus teacher at Neal Middle School from Jan. 2014 to March 13, 2015 when he resigned. He was suspended with pay on March 11, 2015, after a student reported he grabbed her inappropriately in class, according to a Chip Sudderth, a spokesman for Durham Public Schools.

Sudderth said another former Neal student recently "alleged a serious concern about Mr. Pickens." The school notified the student's family who then contacted law enforcement.

"Our students' safety is our highest priority," said Sudderth "We are fully cooperating with law enforcement in this investigation."

WCPSS said they are also fully cooperating with authorities.

One parent with a student at Durant told ABC11 they would go home and have a talk with their daughter about the situation. She also expressed concern at how Pickens has had multiple jobs that involve working with children.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Investigator J. Sandoval at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29461.

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