Former principal David Ellis Edwards

A North Carolina middle school principal has resigned after he was accused of having sex with a male student while the boy?s unsuspecting parent was outside the office.

David Ellis Edwards, 49, was arrested Friday and charged with numerous sex offenses against a minor, NC ABC affiliate WTVD reports. Edwards is also facing a crime against Nature charge.

It?s no secret that pedophiles and other perverts often seek employment in programs involving children, such as schools, churches and childcare centers.


Detectives say there are at least three alleged victims. The sex acts allegedly took place at Ramsey Street Alternative and Douglas Byrd Middle Schools.

Deputies said the victims told them that, between 2009 to 2011, they were touched inappropriately or were forced to participate in sexual acts with Edwards on two school campuses- Douglas Byrd Middle and Ramsey Street Alternative.

The victims, all males, were between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. On at least one occasion, the crimes were committed while a parent unknowingly sat in a waiting area in the office of the school.

According to sources, Edwards pastors First Missionary Baptist Church in St. Pauls.

Edwards was arrested this Friday after turning himself in to detectives. He resigned from his position as principal six weeks ago, telling Cumberland County Schools it was for educational opportunities. At the time, the system said they were not aware of the pending investigation.

Bond was set at $140,000. As long as Edwards faces the charge, a judge has ordered him to stay away from anyone under the age of 16.


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