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Teacher makes first appearance in court

By Nathan Hardin
nhardin@salisburypost.comBobby Eric Sharpe, a 32-year-old North Rowan teacher who is charged with 28 counts of sexual activity with a student and 12 counts of first degree statutory sexual offense, retained the services of attorney Jim Oxendine during his first appearance in court Thursday.
Sharpe, who taught English, is being held on $200,000 bond at the Rowan County Detention Center.
Sharpe began working at North Rowan High School in 2000.
The police learned about his relationship with a North student on June 3 and Sharpe was booked by June 9.
The girl’s family has cooperated with police, said Spencer Police Chief Robert D. Bennett.
The victim was 15 when the relationship began and is now 16.
The case is continued until July 1.

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