Montgomery County, NC-- Former wrestling coach who worked for Montgomery County Schools (MCS) was charged with indecent liberties with a minor in 2013.
WFMY News 2 has learned that the same coach was charged in 2010 with a sex offense involving a student at Randolph County Schools.
James Knight, a former volunteer wrestling coach and substitute bus driver for MCS was charged with indecent liberties with a student one week ago.
In the past 13 months, the school system has had five instances of inappropriate student/ employee relations.
Read here: Montgomery County Schools: In 13 Months, 5 Employees Have Had Inappropriate Relations With Students
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford continued to ask questions. Turns out, one of the suspects from Montgomery County Schools was charged three years prior while an employee at Randolph County Schools.
Read here: 2nd Montgomery Co. Coach Charged For Sex With Student
Knight was arrested and charged in 2010 with sex offense with a student. A detective with the Randolph County Sheriff's office told News 2 that it was a misdemeanor charge because the student was 17-years-old and Knight was 20-years-old.
Knight's charge was dropped and he never went to trial. The Randolph County district attorney's office told News 2 they filed a deferred prosecution agreement with Knight. Knight had to comply with the condition of the First Offender/Deferred Prosecution Program, which required Knight admit to the offense. Knight signed that agreement April 20, 2010.
Montgomery County Schools hired James Knight on October 31, 2012. On February 15, 2013, Knight was charged with indecent liberties with a student. He is no longer volunteering or working with Montgomery County Schools.
Today, they sent News 2 this statement:
The safety of all students is always our top priority. Initially, when Mr. Knight requested the opportunity to serve as a wrestling coach, his request was denied. However, a year later after he applied again, we took a closer look at his background and we discussed it with his previous school system. As a result of this investigation, we found that Mr. Knight was 19 years old and he was dating a 17 year old senior that he had dated during his time in high school. His previous school system confirmed this information. The charge in question was dismissed without leave; he had no convictions on his record. Mr. Knight already had a presence at many of the wrestling events since two of his brothers were on the team. After considering all of the facts, we gave him an opportunity, under supervision, to serve in a limited capacity with our school system.
It is the policy of the Montgomery County Schools to obtain a criminal record check on all prospective employees, coaches, and volunteers without exception. Furthermore, when something appears on a record check that creates a question, such as a criminal charge, even a dismissed charge as in this case, that could create a question as to the person's fitness for the position, we request a written explanation from the individual and verification from a former employer or an appropriate third party as to the explanation given.
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