ZEBULON, N.C. (WNCN) — The Zebulon Police Department announced on Wednesday that it arrested a Wake County charter school teacher for indecent liberties with a student and with a child.

Officers said they received a complaint on May 25 of inappropriate sexual conduct by a teacher at East Wake Academy. Over several weeks, an investigation was conducted with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.

Police said Miguel Bonano, 64, was arrested for indecent liberties with a student and indecent liberties with a child.

According to Zebulon Police, Bonano began teaching at East Wake Academy in 2003. According to the school’s athletic website he was the middle school girl’s basketball coach prior to last season.

Andrea Sloan’s oldest daughter had Bonano as a teacher this past year and a few years ago. She said she was not shocked to learn of the arrest, and added that she was relieved.

Sloan said she would not allow her younger daughter to have him as a teacher.

“My oldest daughter even said herself that she would not allow her youngest sibling to be in that class, absolutely not,” Sloan said.

Mugshot of Miguel Bonano
Miguel Bonano (Raleigh/Wake CCBI)

CBS 17 asked the school if it received complaints about Bonano. The Superintendent Stephen Gay responded with the below statement:

“Mr. Banono was employed at EWA but is no longer employed at the school. The school has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement on the continuing investigation. This is a personnel matter, and we cannot comment further at this time.”

The Chair of the school’s Board of Directors said the board would not be commenting beyond the Superintendent’s statement.

Bonano was taken to theWake County Jail where he posted a $25,000 bond.

District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Bonano does not have a prior criminal history.

Her office is part of the ongoing investigation.

“In these types of cases we very zealously prosecute and try and find justice for the victims because we certainly want parents to be able to trust that when they send their children to school that they are gonna be in a safe environment and not be taken advantage of by the people we trust to take care of our kids,” Freeman said.

“We commend the courage and bravery of the student who came forward. Their fearlessness likely saved another student from having to endure what they did. We should all aspire to have such valor,” Zebulon police said in a Facebook post.

Sloan feels the same.

“We’re very thankful that they were brave enough to come forward and they did not, they chose to protect other students from being a victim as well,” Sloan said.

Current or former students who believe they may have information related to this case are asked to contact Detective Marcella Abate at 919-823-1825.