North Raleigh News

High school teaching assistant in Wake arrested on student-sex charges

A Wakefield High School teaching assistant was arrested Tuesday afternoon on three counts of having sex with an 18-year-old Wakefield student late in 2014 and this year.

Police arrested Anthony Mondale Harris, 27, of 106 Bon Marche Lane at his house and charged him with three counts of sex offense with a student.

Harris resigned from the Wake County Public School System on Tuesday before his arrest, Communications Director Lisa Luten said.

Harris began working at Wakefield last August when traditional-calendar school resumed after the summer, Luten said.

From October 2012 until June 2013, Harris was a teaching assistant at Northwoods Elementary School, Luten said.

Harris’ arrest came four days after a Broughton High School technical education teacher was charged with having sex with a 17-year-old female student during roughly the same period that police said was covered in the charges against Harris.

Ronald Lee Chewning Jr., 25, of 5323 Hidden Dove Lane in Raleigh, was arrested Feb. 6 and had resigned on Feb. 3, officials said.

Harris was released on bail after appearing before a magistrate and told to appear before a judge Wednesday in Wake County District Court.

Luten said the school system’s most important concern is student safety, and she said security officials were conducting an internal investigation while cooperating with police detectives, too.

The school has guidance counselors available for any students who want support with issues, she said.