Teacher accused of sex crimes with students

By Mike Gellatly - mgellatly@civitasmedia.com

LUMBERTON — A former Pembroke Middle School teacher has been indicted on 15 charges of sex crimes against multiple teenage students.

Jeremy P. Sessoms, 29, of Whistling Rufus Road in Pembroke, is charged with seven counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, four counts of sexual activity with a student, two counts of statutory rape and two counts of statutory sex offense with a child 15 years old or under. All of the alleged victims are female and were either 15 or 16 at the time of the alleged assault.

Sessoms confessed to some of the charges during an initial interview, according to the Pembroke Police Department. He turned himself in to law enforcement Tuesday.

A Robeson County grand jury indicted Sessoms on Monday after hearing from a Pembroke police detective. The documents made public Tuesday list 15 charges that refer to multiple victims and multiple events from June 1, 2016, to March 7, 2017. Sessoms resigned from Pembroke Middle School on March 14.

The documents specify incident dates in January and March of this year for some charges but cover larger periods of time in others.

Pembroke police Detective Todd Harris said allegations were first brought to school resource Officer Willie Dial on March 17. After interviews and an investigation, a total of three students have come forward making allegations. During the investigation, Sessom confessed to accusations from the first two students to come forward, according to Dial. Later, a third student came forward.

Sessoms was a teacher and basketball coach at the school. He was employed with the Public Schools of Robeson County from Feb. 16, 2015 to March 14, according to the Public Schools of Robeson County.

If convicted, the minimum term for statutory rape, given the age of the victims, is 16 years in prison and the maximum is life. Sexual activity with a teacher is a G felony, which carries a minimum 10-month sentence per count. The seven indecent liberties with a child charges each carry a minimum sentence of a year in prison and a maximum of three years per count.

Sessoms is being held at Robeson County Detention Center under $205,000 bond. His first appearance has been set for May 1. The Robesonian will include a photograph with this story as soon as one is available.


By Mike Gellatly


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