WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Carver High School teacher is facing multiple charges after two students accused him of patting them on the buttocks.
Police arrested 38-year-old Samuel McClain.
Police say the incidents happened earlier this year, during school hours.
Officials charged McClain with two counts of Misdemeanor Simple Assault. He posted bail and is scheduled to appear in court June 25.
Police are still investigating this incident. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800.
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District issued the following statement:
"Samuel Erick McClain, an English teacher at Carver High School, has been arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor simple assault.
The district learned of the arrest Sunday afternoon, and Superintendent Beverly Emory has suspended McClain with pay. The district first learned of allegations against McClain in January, and he was suspended with pay on Jan. 17 while the Winston-Salem Police Department investigated. Parents were notified of the investigation at that time.
State law limits school districts from suspending employees with pay for more than 90 days. Mr. McClain returned to the classroom on April 21; at the time, the district did not have evidence to take further action against Mr. McClain. After the arrest, Emory suspended McClain and will consider further action as necessary.
McClain began teaching at Carver and WS/FCS in August 2013. That has been his only employment in the district."