Crime

Wake County teacher accused of having sex with student at previous job

Timothy Allen Bennett is charged with one count of sexual offense with a student and one count of crime against nature by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office.
Timothy Allen Bennett is charged with one count of sexual offense with a student and one count of crime against nature by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office

A Wake County teacher is facing felony criminal charges that he had a sexual relationship with a high school student when he worked in the Lenoir County Public Schools system.

Timothy Allen Bennett, 39, was charged Friday by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office with a count of sexual offense with a student and a count of crime against nature. Bennett had an ongoing sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student at South Lenoir High School during the 2015-16 school year, according to Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram.

Bennett posted a $40,000 secured bond Monday and was released from the W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center in Kinston.

Ingram said Bennett continued to stay in contact with the student even after he left South Lenoir High to teach in Wake County in August.

Bennett leads the choral department at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. The music teacher has been suspended with pay, according to Lisa Luten, a Wake County schools spokeswoman.

Ingram said deputies do not know if any other students are involved, but are asking people who may have knowledge about the case to contact the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office at 252-559-6100.

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