ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Jason Carpintero, who describes himself on social media as a “preacher, teacher, Christian Life advisor,” has been charged with a sex offense by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Carpintero was arrested on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say the alleged victim is not a student.
According to the arrest warrant, Carpintero “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did commit and attempt to commit a lewd and lascivious act upon the body of (alleged victim), who was under the age of 16 years at the time.”
Carpentiro is being held under a bond of $250,000.
Carpintero, 51, is listed as a teacher in the Exceptional Children’s Department at Salisbury High School, but officials with Rowan-Salisbury Schools say Carpintero has resigned.
“Jason Carpintero has been employed as a Teacher Assistant and Teacher at Salisbury High School since August 1, 2019,” wrote Rowan-Salisbury Schools in a statement. “Previously, he served as a Teacher Assistant at East Rowan High School from February 2018 until transferring to Salisbury High. Prior to his full-time employment with the district, he worked as a substitute in our district from December 2014 to February 2018. He was suspended with pay effective November 12, 2020 and has since resigned effective November 17, 2020. The Rowan Salisbury School System is cooperating fully with law enforcement during their investigation and encourages anyone with information to contact the Rowan County Sherriff’s Office.”