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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — School is supposed to be the one place parents know their child is safe, but for the second time in two weeks a teacher with ties to New Hanover County Schools has been accused of inappropriate behavior with a student.


After a joint investigation between the Wilmington Police Department, the FBI and US Marshals, former Roland-Grise Middle School math and science teacher April Schaefer was arrested on charges of indecent liberties with a child, felony indecent liberties with a student, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and disseminating obscene material to a minor.


“The charges in this case are severe, and we certainly wanted to level charges that are consistent with our evidence that would certainly remove this person from the ability to be employed at a school to predate on children for the rest of our life,” WPD Sgt. Thomas Tilman said.


Schaefer has not been employed full time at Roland-Grise since 2011, but she has subbed there at least once or twice a month over the past year, said New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum.


"Any students at Roland-Grise Middle School or that attended Roland-Grise Middle School that knew the suspect in this case, April Schaefer, or had her as a teacher, if they had anything they felt was inappropriate, I would like them to come forward and call my office,” Sgt. Tilman said.


At a first court appearance this afternoon, a judge set Schaefer’s bond at $500,000, and Schaefer indicated that she would not post bail.


An assistant district attorney indicated that there is a chance this case is moved into federal court due to some material being exchanged via the internet.

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34 Comments on "Former teacher jailed for indecent liberties with student"

2015 years 10 months ago

I have met April, and I have found her to be a really good person. How she chooses to live her life, and lifestyle is no ones concern but hers.
What people do not understand they are afraid of. I am not saying that I agree with this, but who are we to judge? She is the only one that will have to answer for this, not you.
I do not believe that this happened the way people are saying. I just cannot see this woman taking advantage of a child. She loves her job as a teacher, and would not jeopardize it. She has kept her private life private, and never has been one to “advertise”. She is always willing to help her friends around her, and never once to my knowledge has ever tried to take advantage of any situation. Remember to look at what people may think of your life choices before you start ranting about others.

2015 years 10 months ago

Damn, I loved April. I can’t believe this is happening.. Free Schaefer!

2015 years 10 months ago

I do also have to say they did not engage in a relationship or anything sexual while April was the ‘victims’ teacher it was completely after April stopped teaching at roland Grise and the girl was at high school. She shouldn’t be charged with a student but only with a minor.

2015 years 10 months ago

Two things I need to comment on.

First, the school system does what it can do to screen employees so that child exploiters are not hired. As far as I can determine, there is not a reliable test to screen for illicit behavior that will occur in the future.

Second, this lady was arrested for her alleged illegal behavior. That behavior has nothing to do with her looks which several comments note does not approach our traditional understanding of female appearance. Ones appearance has nothing to do with criminal behavior. Folks who make fun of someone’s looks are insecure bullies.

2015 years 10 months ago

5 years minimum. She sets a horrible example for the lesbian community, and for teachers as a whole. Disgusting if you ask me personally. But really people, making fun of the way she looks isn’t really nice- women are allowed to cut their hair short, men can grow their’s out. Has nothing to do with the case at hand. Which I find despicable.


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