Teacher facing 70+ charges involving sex offenses with student at Christian school

Teacher charged with rape of student

IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A teacher at a school in Statesville was arrested on 78 charges involving sex offenses with a student, according to the Statesville Police Department.

Derone Martin McNeill, 47, is charged with 26 counts of second-degree rape, 26 counts of second-degree forcible sex offense and 26 counts of sexual activity with a student.

On April 3, McNeil was arrested on charges in Iredell County of two counts of felony second-degree forcible rape, two counts of felony second-degree forcible sex offense and three counts of felony sexual activity with a student by school personnel. The charges relate to offenses in the case that happened outside Statesville city limits.

The investigation began on March 7, when the Sheriff’s Office got a report about a sexual assault that occurred in 2012.

An administrator at Statesville Christian School, where the student victim was attending, went to the sheriff’s office with concerns. During the investigation, police say they determined the sexual assaults took place on multiple occasions between February 2012 and May 2014.

In an interview a short time later, the victim told detectives she was sexually assaulted by McNeil “multiple times" between 2012 and 2014.

Officials have not said if they believe any of the alleged assaults took place on school grounds.

McNeill, now an employee at Pressly Alternative School, was immediately placed on administrative leave. He has been employed by the Iredell-Statesville School District since May 2017, serving as a teacher assistant and as a bus driver.

Any additional victims or witnesses are urged to call the Statesville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 704-878-3515 or Corporal Deal directly at 704-878-3518.

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