Commissioners Express Concern Over Teacher Arrested For Sex Crimes

Commissioners Express Concern Over Teacher Arrested For Sex Crimes

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 04 February 2020 16:43

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY  - A band teacher at Roland Grise Middle School was arrested January 27th, for sex crimes. According to Lieutenant Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department, Peter Frank was arrested on twelve counts of felony sex crimes involving students.

Brewer explained, "The investigation unveiled that these crimes began in 2003 and most recently in 2019 dealing with six victims. Frank has been charged with 12 felony charges, 6 indecent liberties with a child, and 6 indecent liberties with a student by a teacher. This is an ongoing investigation and any additional information will be released as it becomes available."

If you have any information related to Peter Frank please contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 910-798-4260 or https://www.newhanoversheriff.com/submit-a-crime-tip/

Charlie Broadfoot, Principal of Roland-Grise Middle School, wrote a letter to parents on January 28th, explaining, "On January 27, 2020 the Band Director at Roland-Grise, Mr. Pete Frank, was arrested and charged with taking indecent liberties with students during the period from 2003 to 2019. Mr. Frank is no longer working at our school and the investigation into these charges by law enforcement is ongoing. Both Roland-Grise and New Hanover County Schools are cooperating fully with this investigation."

Broadfoot went on to explain, "In addition, Roland-Grise administration and student support services are here to work with students should they have any concerns surrounding this incident or if they simply need to talk. Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our students and we will continue to support students through this trying time."

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman explained, "In light of the most recent allegations against a New Hanover County Schools teacher and systemic, ongoing issues within our school system, the Board of Commissioners has been in regular contact with the school board letting them know that the county is ready to support them in any way possible.

She explained, "So at today’s meeting, the county announced that we will provide support teams to aid in personnel investigations at all public schools. We are asking the school board to approve the county’s proposal and grant our teams access when they meet tomorrow, so that we can examine where things stand regarding any open or prior complaint about school personnel that involves inappropriate student contact. The county has three teams ready that include investigators from the Sheriff’s Office who are focused on crimes against children and forensic social workers that specialize in child abuse and neglect. These teams are specially trained to examine these types of situations and, once approved and requested by the school board, they will begin their work. The county has also committed to provide resource support of school-based mental health counselors to support immediate needs and long-term assistance for students, teachers, and families. The county will also ensure that our school system is aware and utilize the community’s rapid crisis response program to support families based on the need."

Olson-Boseman explainws, "This issue is of utmost importance to all five of your Commissioners, and we will do everything we can to ensure our children are protected and safe. We believe that a thorough investigation with the right support services – and then an ongoing protocol and policy that ensures this never happens again – is necessary."

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