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Sexual offense charges dismissed against Perquimans Co. teacher

Posted at 10:02 AM, Jan 27, 2016

Elizabeth City, NC - The sex charges against a 41-year-old teacher have been dismissed due to “further evidentiary investigation necessary”, according to clerk records.

Darrell Lamont Walker was arrested Monday at his Elizabeth City home and charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Offense, according to the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office.

Walker is employed as a STEM teacher for Perquimans County Schools.

The sheriff's office did say there have been no allegations of any incidents involving students or any incidents on school property but could not specify why he was charged.

However, NewsChannel 3 discovered those details in a search warrant filed in the Pasquotank County courthouse.

According to the search warrant, on Monday a man reported to the Pasquotank Sheriff's Office that he was sexually assaulted by a man who went by the name of "Danny," later revealed to be Darrell Walker.

According to the warrant, the victim told deputies he and "Danny" agreed that the victim would do some landscaping work at "Danny's" home. "Danny" escorted the victim to his house in a red SUV.  According the warrant, "Danny" led the victim to his bedroom where the victim was sexually assaulted. The warrant says the victim told police he was forced to receive oral sex, pose for pictures in his underwear and watch pornographic movies on a laptop.

The warrant describes other details of the assault too graphic to report.

Detectives say "Danny" was later identified as Darrell Walker after speaking to his roommate at his home.

Perquimans County School Superintendent, Matt Cheeseman, says Walker has been a Career and Technical Education teacher at Perquimans Middle School since October of 2015. He adds there have been no complaints or allegations like this made to school officials before and he's assuring parents this alleged crime does not involve students.

"I made a phone call mid-afternoon using our school messenger system to let the middle school parents know and earlier today I sent a district-wide message confirming that our students were not involved, saying that they are safe and we are excited about the teaching and learning process."

He's excited in the sense they are already looking for a qualified teacher to take over Walker's classes, but for personnel reasons couldn't say if Walker will be fired.

"He's engaged in what is deemed to be a personnel matter so with that I'm really particular on what we can talk about," Cheeseman said. "What I can say to you is that he's going through the judicial system right now and we are keeping an eye on what's happening there."

According to school board policy, any employee who is arrested has 24 hours after they are released from jail to let Board of Education know about the offense. The board will then decide what will happen next.

Read: Perquimans County School Staff Responsibilities and Standards of Conduct

Walker is in Albemarle District Jail under a $75,000 bond.