CAMDEN CO., NC - A kindergarten teacher charged with child sex crimes in Camden Co., NC will remain in jail on $1 million bond.
He was arraigned Friday morning and assigned a public defender, officials said. He's due in court again on Sept. 28.
Authorities arrested Samuel Napol Byers at the school where he teaches, Creech Road Elementaryin Wake County on Wednesday.
Byers is charged with five counts each of felony indecent liberties with a minor and felony statutory sex offense with a minor. He's also been suspended with pay, school officials said.
The Camden Co. Sheriff's Office says the charges stem from alleged incidents at Camden Co. Middle School from December 1999-June 2000 and that the crimes occurred at the school where he was a teacher's aide for at-risk students.
Detective Max Robeson said Byers told a friend about the incidents and that person alerted police.
Det. Robeson said the now 19-year-old, who was 14-15 years old at the time, identified Byers by pointing to his photo in a yearbook. He also said the teen said Byers gave him money to stay quiet.
Authorities say more charges are expected and he's due in court on Friday once he's returned to Camden later today.
He's being held on a $1 million bond.
Camden County Schools Superintendent Melvin Hawkins says the district is upset this could happen and that officials are working with detectives. He says this is another reason why parents need to stay involved in the lives of their children.
Det. Robeson said Byers moved to adjoining Pasquotank County and lived in Elizabeth City until 2002, when he moved to teach in Wake County. Officials say he taught at East Cary Middle School for a year before transferring to Smith Elementary School in Garner, where he worked until 2009. The then transferred to Creech Road Elementary.