South View High School girls soccer assistant coach accused of sending sexually explicit texts to student

HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has issued warrants for a South View High School soccer assistant coach accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Dmitri Pelaez, 30, is accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to a 16-year-old. Pelaez, who was hired in August, was formerly assigned as a social studies teacher and assistant girls soccer coach.

"When school officials were first informed of allegations of inappropriate conduct, they notified law enforcement immediately and suspended Mr. Pelaez," district spokesperson Lindsay A. Whitley said in a statement. "He was initially suspended with pay on November 16, 2018, and was relieved of all school-related duties. Mr. Pelaez remains suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation."

After the initial complaint was filed, three more possible victims reported similar incidents, which are being investigated.

He is being charged with six counts of indecent liberties with a student and one count of sexual activity with a student.

All of the charges stem from the initial victim's complaint.

Pelaez has not been arrested and is wanted by police.

Anyone who has additional information about this situation may anonymously share information via the SPEAK UP hotline; Cumberland County students can call (866) SPEAK-UP or text FAY to (847-411, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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