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Rowan teacher, Boy Scout leader charged with indecent liberties

Rowan teacher, Boy Scout leader charged with indecent liberties


CHINA GROVE, N.C. -- A China Grove Middle School teacher and Boy Scout leader has been charged with six counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, Rowan County authorities say.

James Paul Barringer, 51, of Foxfire Drive, Salisbury, was arrested Wednesday and placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.

On Sunday, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division began investigating a complaint about inappropriate sexual activity by a person who was employed as a teacher at China Grove Middle School and also served as a Boy Scout leader, according to information provided by RCSO. The investigation led to Barringer, who is listed as an eighth-grade math teacher on the school’s website.

The incidents allegedly occurred over the past two years.

Deputies say the incidents involved more than one victim in the pre-teen age range. No other teachers are suspected of being involved.

Anyone with information involving Barringer can contact RCSO Det. Sara Benfield at 704-216-8739 or Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687.

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