Former Rowan County elementary school teacher charged with sex crimes involving student

Resigned from school system in June

Former teacher charged with sex crimes

CHINA GROVE, NC (WBTV) - A former teacher in a Rowan County elementary school has been charged with sex crimes that allegedly involve a former student.

Brittany Leigh Howard was arrested on Tuesday night by China Grove Police.

Howard was charged with two counts of statutory rape, two counts of sex offense, and two counts of a teacher having sex with a student.

The alleged victim was between the ages of 12-15 at the time, according to the arrest warrant.

“At the time of the offense, the defendant was a teacher at China Grove Elementary School and the victim was a student at this same school,” the warrant says.

Howard was employed at China Grove Elementary from August 2012 through June 2013 and again in 2014 to 2018. She was also employed at West Rowan Middle from August 2013 through June 2014, according to Rowan Salisbury Schools.

RSS says during her tenure in the school system she was an elementary school and middle school language arts teacher.

Howard’s bond was set at $60,000.

Officials say Howard was formerly a teacher at China Grove Elementary School and that she resigned from that position in June.

The alleged incidents occurred in 2017 and did not take place at the school.

The investigation began with a tip from a citizen, according to police.

Howard was employed by Rowan-Salisbury Schools from 2012 until June 13, 2018, according to school records.

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