Former charter school employee charged with sex crimes against child

Former charter school employee charged with sex crimes against child

MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A former charter school employee is facing charges of child sex crimes and parents say they didn't even learn about his arrest until six weeks later when his mugshot hit social media.

Paul Finkle, 28, was booked in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office on June 10 on three counts of indecent liberties with a child. Finkle is a former employee at Langtree Charter School in Mooresville.

Sheriff's Office officials say Finkle turned himself in to investigators after warrants were issued for his arrest.

Those warrants were issued in Rowan County.

According to investigators, Rowan County detectives began investigating Finkle on April 15 after receiving a call from the Department of Social Services. They say the allegations of sex crimes involved an underage boy.

"The incidents happened in the southern end of Rowan County, at the victim's residence, with the first event happening shortly after the start of the new year," investigators told WBTV.

Investigators in Rowan County say there was nothing in their investigation to indicate that anything occurred at the school or that any students at Langtree Charter were being affected.

When contacted by WBTV, the national representative for Langtree Charter said Finckle is no longer employed at Langtree Charter. He resigned in April.

"Mr. Finkle resigned his position in April. We cannot discuss personnel issues," school officials said in a statement. "We were informed that the allegations are related to an isolated incident that does not affect our school population. We must refer all other questions to authorities."

The Rowan County Sheriff's report indicates he verbally resigned with school's vice principal on April 12.

Officials say two months after the investigation began, warrants were issued for Finkle's arrest. He turned himself in the same day.

He received a $30,000 secured bond. He has another court date set for August 26.

Parents contacted WBTV Thursday night, concerned they weren't aware of Finkle's arrest.

"My kids attend Langtree Charter in Mooresville and tonight on our Facebook page it came out that our gym teacher was arrested on the last day of school," one parent told WBTV. "We haven't been informed by the school at all."

WBTV has asked school officials if parents were notified about Finkle's arrest and his employment record at the school. So far, officials have not released that information.

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