Lee Annette Williams, a 50-year-old school North Carolina teacher, has been charged with statutory rape and other charges after she was accused of having sexual intercourse with a male student in 2009.
Williams, 50, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was arrested and charged with four counts of statutory sex offense and two counts of statutory rape after a 22-year-old former student reported her to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
On July 19, the unidentified male told the sheriff’s office that Williams had a sexual relationship with him when he was 14 and 15 years old. Williams was the victim’s teacher at Ledford Middle School.
Investigators say that all of the sexual encounters took place off campus between June 2009 and July 2010.
via Fox 8:
She’s charged with two counts of statutory rape and four counts each of statutory sex offenses and taking incident liberties with a child. The victim was just 14 years old at the time. The sheriff’s office says the victim was a student at Ledford Middle School and Williams was a close family friend. Now, eight years later, he’s coming forward.
“It’s actually quite common. It’s not unusual at all for it not to be reported until years later,” said. Dr. Ed Dawson, a clinical psychologist.
North Carolina is one of the few states that doesn’t have a statute of limitations on sexual offenses. That means a victim can still report a crime no matter how long ago it happened.
“Some of what goes into not reporting it early on actually has to do with the embarrassment and humiliation of it, believing that no one’s going to believe them if they do tell,” Dawson said.
She was taken into custody and placed in the Davidson County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.
Williams, who is out on bond, cannot contact the victim or his family. Furthermore, she cannot have contact with any children under a18 unless they’re supervised by their parents.
The Davidson County School District released a statement to Fox 8:
“We are certainly aware of the charges against Mrs. Williams. At this point in time we have limited information in regards to the allegations. We will continue to investigate the allegations and work with law enforcement as this matter develops. As more information becomes available to us, we will take the appropriate measures. As this involves a confidential personnel matter, we have no further information to share at this time.”
Williams is scheduled to be in Lexington District Court on Augusut 25.