Middle school teacher charged with sex crimes against children in Lenoir

Justin Biggs (Source: Caldwell County Sheriff's Office)
Justin Biggs (Source: Caldwell County Sheriff's Office)

CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A middle school teacher in Caldwell County has been charged with multiple counts of indecent liberties with a child.

According to Lenoir police, 29-year-old Justin Biggs was arrested Tuesday and charged with sex crimes.

An investigation began on Nov. 9 after Biggs, a teacher at William Lenoir Middle School, was accused of physical assault. After several weeks of investigation, a Grand Jury in Caldwell County indicted Biggs on three counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.

According to Lenoir police, the accusations involve three different children and police say they were students at the school.

He was arrested and placed in the Caldwell County jail under a $150,000 bond.

An administrator with Caldwell County Schools said Biggs was allowed to resign from his position in late November, shortly after being placed on paid suspension.

The administrator also confirmed that Biggs had been transferred to William Lenoir Middle School from Granite Falls Middle School after the 2014-2015 school year, when students there also accused him of inappropriately touching them.

A police report obtained by WBTV shows at least three students accused Biggs of inappropriate touching at Granit Falls Middle School.

Biggs was never charged with wrongdoing as a result of that report.

The school administrator said Biggs was placed on leave following the 2015 report but the allegations were ruled to be unfounded.

"After an extensive school/law enforcement investigation, reports of inappropriate behavior were unsubstantiated or validated as sexual or criminal in nature.  Behavior was deemed to be immature and childish, but not of a criminal nature. Administrative decision was made to reassign to a different school, with a vacancy in the teacher's certification area in order to eliminate extra curricular duty assignments, (coaching and club supervision.),"  Trish Johnson, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources told WBTV.

A spokeswoman for the school has not responded to a request for comment first submitted by WBTV last week.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.

Watch WBTV News Wednesday night to hear from the mom of a Granite Falls Middle School student who says the school system failed to take the proper action after her daughter reported being sexually assaulted by Biggs in 2015.

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