CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student on campus was fired, officials say.
A 13-year-old says then-teacher Vincent Littlejohn sexually assaulted her multiple times between September 29 and October 29, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report.
A school administrator confirmed Littlejohn was previously employed as a science teacher for grades 9-12 at Sugar Creek Charter School. He had been hired i August 2015 and continued in that position through June 2018.
Littlejohn was placed on administrative leave with pay three weeks ago. Last week, administrators say, he failed to appear at an investigative meeting and was placed on leave without pay.
Littlejohn was fired upon CMPD pressing charged against him. He was booked Monday morning and faces charges of indecent liberties with a child.
The school released their own statement regarding the incident later that day:
Sugar Creek Charter School’s administration received a report that a staff member of Sugar Creek Charter School
improperly interacted with a middle school student by making sexually inappropriate comments in a foreign
language. After receiving contact from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department regarding the incident,
SCCS personnel immediately placed the staff member on administrative leave. Upon assessing the matter, SCCS
administration has since terminated the staff member’s employment with the school.
Sugar Creek Charter School takes the safety of our students seriously and is deeply concerned and shocked by
these allegations. School personnel has informed the school’s staff and parents of this incident, while still
protecting the privacy of the student involved and without interfering with the police department’s investigation.
We are disturbed by the traumatizing nature this incident has on the victim, family and the school community
involved. Counseling services have been offered to students and staff members as the school looks to move
forward from this incident.
All Sugar Creek candidates are taken through an in-depth interview with a thorough background check before an
offer of employment is provided. The staff member under investigation has only worked for Sugar Creek for two
months, after a four-year stint with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. At the time of his hire, he met all
requirements necessary to fulfill the position. He cleared a national background check, and a reference check from
his former employer.
The school will continue to cooperate with the police department as this incident develops through the legal
process. For all questions and concerns you may contact the school at (704) 509 – 5470.
Cheryl Turner, Director
Sugar Creek Charter School