• 73°

Rowan Sheriff’s Office: No students victimized by teacher charged with sex offense

SALISBURY — Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they’re reassuring worried parents following the arrest of former Salisbury High School teacher Jason Carpintero, who is accused of a sex offense against a minor.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested Carpintero, 51, of Oddie Road, on Tuesday and charged him with felony indecent liberties with a child. The victim is a young child known to Carpintero.

According to Maj. Chad Moose, investigators have received several phone calls from parents whose children are current and former students. He said it appears there is only one victim, who is not a student. There is no evidence to show that there are any other victims that may have been or are students, he said.

Rowan-Salisbury School System spokeswoman Rita Foil said Carpintero was suspended with pay last week and resigned Tuesday. He had been employed as a teacher assistant and teacher at Salisbury High School since Aug. 1, 2019.

He previously served as a teacher assistant at East Rowan High from February 2018 until he transferred to Salisbury High. Before he was employed full-time with the district, Carpintero worked as a substitute in the Rowan-Salisbury School System from December 2014 to February 2018.

“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,” Foil said in a statement.

According to his social media account on Facebook, Carpintero is a former teacher at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. He described himself as a “preacher, a teacher and a Christian life adviser.”

He remains in the Rowan County jail under a $250,000 secured bond and has a first court appearance slated for Thursday. Additional charges could be forthcoming, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. John Sifford.

Comments

Local

Pedestrian hospitalized after being struck by police car

Local

Torch Run returns to Rowan streets, raises money for Special Olympics

Crime

Fish arcade company drops suit against Rowan County Sheriff’s Office

Crime

Man faces kidnapping, assault charges after woman escapes at Webb Road Flea Market

Local

Natoli promoted to assistant county manager, will retain human resources director title

Education

Attendance restriction lifted for RSS graduation ceremonies

Business

Rowan Chamber of Commerce will host in-person Power in Partnership on Thursday

Business

Rowan EDC will undergo name change, alter board requirements with updates to bylaws

Nation/World

Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive

Nation/World

Supreme Court to take up major abortion rights challenge

Nation/World

Biden boosting world vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

Crime

Man charged for stowing away on Norfolk Southern train, impeding railroad operations

Local

Group will protest treatment of Georgia woman during 2019 traffic stop

Crime

Man overdoses at Piedmont Correctional Institute

Crime

Sheriff’s Office: Two men escape from jail, found in bushes on Fulton Street

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be resurfaced?

Local

Political Notebook: Rowan’s lawmakers pass 140 bills into the opposite chamber before deadline

Local

Police chief to present use of force policy; city manager to present 2021-22 budget

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen vehicle

Coronavirus

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline