SMITHFIELD — A former Johnston County teacher is charged with having sex with a student.
Officials say Eric Lamar Minter, who taught business education at Smithfield-Selma High School, had sex with a 19-year-old female student at his home in Clayton while he was still employed by the school system.
School administrators reported the incident to the sheriff’s office on June 4, said Capt. Chris Strickland, a spokesman for the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies issued a warrant for his arrest June 14. Minter turned himself in Tuesday morning, Strickland said. Court records show he was released on $50,000 bond around noon the same day. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
Minter, 39, of 105 E. Main St. in Clayton has been a teacher at Johnston County Schools since 2010, said district spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones. His contract expired June 12, she said.
Jones said she couldn’t go into further details about the case. “While the details of the school system’s review are confidential, I can assure you that administration took prompt action to begin our review and report to law enforcement,” she said.