FIRST ON 3: Former Duplin Co. teacher faces felony sex charges

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Submitted: Sat, 06/15/2013 - 3:23am
Updated: Sat, 06/15/2013 - 4:07pm

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former Duplin County teacher faces several charges after investigators say she had a sexual relationship with a student.

Emily Efird resigned from James Kenan High School in April a week after she the school district suspended her after learning of the allegations. Today she waived her right to a first court appearance on six felony charges.

According to the arrest warrants deputies say Efird committed the crimes between March 22 and April 1.

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office charged Efird with with two counts of felony indecent liberties with a student, three counts of felony sex offense with a student and felony crime against nature. The charges stem from allegations Efird had a sexual relationship with a James Kenan High School student.

“It’s just disgraceful, in my point of view,” Efird’s neighbor George Kensly Lee said.

Lee, a father of two, says his kids look up to their teachers. He could not believe Efrid would do something like this.

“Standards and morals have gone out the window,” he said.

Other neighbors agreed the 31-year-old Efird, her husband and their young child keep to themselves.

When we first approached them about their neighbors, they thought we were coming to talk to them about Emily’s husband John.

“I’ve known since they’ve moved in that he was a sex offender,” Lee said.

Lee says the Efirds have lived nextdoor to him for about five years. Five years he has spent keeping a close watch.

“When you have someone like that beside you, you pay attention,” Lee said. “Your guard is always up.”

Lee says he and his family will be fine as long as the Efirds stay on their side of the fence.

“God bless them, and I hope they stay on their side and that I do not have any more interactions with them,” he said.

When we went to the Efirds’ house today, John Efird asked us to leave.

The Duplin County School Board issued a statement saying it trusts the judicial system to address what happened.

Efird is due back in court in December unless a grand jury indicts her before that.

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30 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Former Duplin Co. teacher faces felony sex charges"

2015 years 8 months ago

Parents, make whatever sacrifices you have to, but get your kids in a Christian school somewhere!! It is child abuse to leave your children in a NC public school these days.

2015 years 8 months ago

Cause we all know christians don’t do anything wrong to children…………..

Tracie C
2015 years 8 months ago

Um….Catholic priests…..just sayin. And my kids have been in public school for YEARS!!! How could an obvious hypocrite (such as your JUDGEMENTAL SELF – remember what your “god” says about the ‘one true judge’)have the NERVE to tell me I abuse my children!
See you in hell Tim. You’ve already been on the way.

2015 years 8 months ago

SERIOUSLY???? RAPE – MOLESTATION – INDECENCY – ABUSE and any other horrible thing you can think of has NOTHING to do with RELIGION – As for PUBLIC schools being child abuse – MY children went to public schools and NOTHING bad happened to them. There has to be a better way to screen people who work in any public forum. Judges, Lawyers and YES even Religious affiliates have been charged and convicted of the same thing this teacher is. Teenagers – want to feel special – FEEL BIG – and have their EGO petted and this teacher like many others – prey on that.

2015 years 8 months ago

As long as we have a community that tolerates political thuggery of the kind practiced by the likes of woody white what can we expect when it comes to public morality. He tries to slander people based on gender and health status- he convicts before there is a trial-At will- and he lies when it is convenient. Lets have SBI, FBI and non-Wilmington press take a real close look at his dealings- Lets give Woody some of his own medicine- he can dish it out but how does he like to be on receiving end? In the opinion of many he wears a tie but still has no class. There is justice and Woody will get his!