Hope Mills high school teacher charged with indecent liberties with student

Cumberland County News

HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WNCN) – A teacher at South View High School has been taken into custody after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The investigation into South View High School teacher Dmitri Pelaez began on Nov. 16, the sheriff’s office said. 

Deputies were told “about a possible inappropriate relationship between a current student and current teacher/coach at South View High School,” the sheriff’s office had previously said.

“Sexually explicit” text messages were sent to a 16-year-old victim, deputies said.

Three more possible victims have reported “similar incidents” and are being investigated.

He is listed as a world history teacher and the boy’s junior varsity soccer coach at South View.

On Dec. 7, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Dmitri Pelaez.

Pelaez is charged with:

  • Six counts of indecent liberties with a student
  • One count of sexual activity with a student

Pelaez was taken into custody Monday, the sheriff’s office said. 

He was transported to the Cumberland County Detention Center where he received a $40,000 bond. 

Pelaez is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. 

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