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PIKEVILLE — A Charles B. Aycock High School teacher has resigned after being arrested on allegations that he had an inappropriate physical relationship with a student.
Ryder Heith Webb, 24, of West Horne Avenue in Farmville, was charged with one count each of taking indecent liberties with a child and taking indecent liberties with a student, Maj. Richard Lewis of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Lewis said the parents of a 16-year-old girl alerted deputies on Monday.
“The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit began an investigation and determined the crimes began when the juvenile was 15 years old and the defendant was 23 years old,” Lewis said in a news release.
State Bureau of Investigation agents are assisting Wayne County deputies in the case. Farmville police were present for Lewis’ arrest on the charges.
Webb has worked as a social studies teacher at C.B. Aycock since August 2017. He was suspended with pay Monday and resigned his position on Wednesday, according to Wayne County Public Schools spokesman Ken Derksen.
The charges against Lewis do not allege sexual intercourse. Lewis is accused of “willfully taking or attempting to take any immoral, improper or indecent liberties with a student for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire or willfully committing or attempting to commit any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body or any part or member of the body of a student” under North Carolina state statutes.
Taking indecent liberties with a child is a Class F felony carrying a presumptive sentence of 13-16 months’ intermediate or active punishment, while taking indecent liberties with a student is a Class I felony generally resulting in 4-6 months of community punishment upon conviction.
Webb was booked into the Wayne County Detention Center in Goldsboro under a $100,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on the charges Aug. 29.