Two former Currituck County teachers charged with having sex with students

Posted at 8:33 PM, Jul 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-31 06:01:04-04

Currituck County, N.C. - Two former teachers are charged with having sex with their students.

They taught at Currituck County High School, the same place that last week an assistant coach was charged with indecent liberties with a student.

29-year-old Robert Layden and 33-year-old Deborah Underwood both turned themselves in and confessed to having sex with their students, according to police.

School officials say Layden was in his first year teaching digital media when he was having sex with a female student sometime between January and May of 2012.

And Underwood was a substitute during the 2011-2012 school year. She's facing several charges for having sex with a male student. NewsChannel 3 went to her home today, but a man there told us to "go away."

And last week, officers also arrested Nicholas Cahoon, a former basketball coach, for indecent liberties with a girl on his team last school year.

NewsChannel 3 called the school system several times, and no one would go on camera-but they sent a statement.

The assistant superintendent told NewsChannel 3 that before an employee is hired, he or she undergoes an extensive background check. Then, once they're hired, supervisors go over policies about inappropriate relationships with students.

The release says they're aggressively investigating. Court documents show they questioned students about Cahoon's relationship with the teammate over a year ago.

NewsChannel 3 contacted the North Carolina Board of Education to get answers, but no one got back to us.