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Text messages seized in Myers Park High sex case

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Search warrants released Thursday show that investigators seized two phones from a juvenile containing text messages between him and a Myers Park High School teacher being investigated for a sex crime involving a student.

Myers Park High School teacher Kristina Ngum is suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating. Ngum is charged with a sex crime involving a student.

While the investigation continues leaders at CMS are looking at overhauling who gets hired.

WBTV checked into Ngum's past and she has a record. She has charges ranging from driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license to larceny. She was accused of stealing a $44 item from a department store.

Court papers show she knowingly let the student drive her car knowing he did not have a driver's license.
 
Some Myers Park HS parents were surprised Ngum was hired in the first place.
 
"I am really shocked," Myers Park HS parent Mark Mason said. "And I hope they do a better job later on who they hire."
 
"I believe everybody should get a second chance," Myers Park HS Parent Yen Davenport said. "But that's a lot of stuff."
 
CMS leaders say the district does hire people with a record. CMS' policy states there are certain limitations to hiring those people though.

New CMS superintendent, Dr. Heath Morrison, is thinking about changing that policy. He could recommend to tighten it up and not allow potential employees with records be hired.
 
School Board Vice Chairman Tim Morgan agrees with reviewing the process. He thinks this recent case serves as a reminder why districts should review their hiring practices. No word when or if a policy change will happen.
 
The alleged victim was arrested on an unrelated drug charge Friday, prompting the investigation. Police said 43-year-old Ngum was being investigated on drug allegations when officers found evidence of a sex crime.
 
CMPD says Ngum turned herself in January after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

In a statement, CMPD says Ngum engaged in sexual activity that occurred at a location off school property.
 
Over the weekend, WBTV checked the Myers Park High School website and found Ngum listed as the Exceptional Children's teacher and cheerleading coach.
 
Monday, CMS said Ngum is not a cheerleading coach, but she is the Exceptional Children's Teacher. She was hired March 15, 2012.

If you have any additional information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.

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