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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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2015 years 11 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 11 months ago

ive meet april, and she is sweet she is NOT A MONSTER… this student did agree to this on her own will. not saying i agree with this but people are saying horrible things about this woman that isnt nearly close to other horrible things in this world. i think people are taking this out of proportion beacuse she was a teacher it was a student ,… this kinda stuff happens everyday and those people because there not a teacher or not a student get a simple charge, they dont go to fed court… if this case was rape it… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

You really think this woman will want something to do with the girl who is the reason behind her going to jail?

2015 years 11 months ago

I myself do not know April nor the victum. BUT this woman is an adult and she is responsible for her own actions. It does not matter if she is no longer a teacher, this girl is 15 years old. Making her only about a sophmore in highschool now. It would be different if the girl was graduated from high school but she is not even old enough to get charged as an adult for anything. This woman, April, is a predator. To anyone defending her…think if it was your child.

2015 years 11 months ago

I know both of these people and its not right. it was mutual by the time shes out the girl will be 18 anyways and free do to what she wants

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