School employee charged with sex crimes on student

By Chris Berendt -


A former Sampson County Schools employee has been arrested on numerous felony charges for alleged “inappropriate sexual contact” with a student while he was with the school system, according to Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators.

Gilberto Campos, 27, of 3813 N.C. Hwy 903, Rose Hill, was charged Wednesday with four counts of felony sexual offense with a student, four counts of felony statutory rape, four counts of felony indecent liberties with a child and three counts of felony crimes against nature.

On Feb. 17, Sampson County investigators received information from the Department of Social Services concerning sexual misconduct with a student by school official. As a result, juvenile investigators launched a criminal investigation into the complaint. “Enough probable cause was established to obtain warrants on the suspect and charge him with the related complaint,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Office read.

The investigation revealed that during the 2015 school year, a Sampson County Schools employee identified as Campos had inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old female student. Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that no further information was being released, citing the “sensitive nature surrounding the case and the fact that the investigation is ongoing.”

Campos was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $525,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 11.

Campos is reportedly no longer with the school system. Sampson County Schools officials said Campos tendered his resignation earlier Wednesday. He served as a student support specialist within the Lakewood School district, responsible for helping at-risk students, and was also involved with Peer Group Connection.

“Sampson County Schools is cooperating fully with law enforcement in this investigation,” Sampson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy told the Independent. “Mr. Campos is no longer employed with Sampson County Schools. Sampson County Schools holds its employees to high moral and ethical standards. We are working with law enforcement to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff.”

Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said school administrators’ assistance has aided in the case.

“The Sampson County School administration has been fully cooperative during this entire investigation,” the sheriff stated. “I would like to thank Sampson County Schools officials for their assistance to our investigators and their quick administrative action with the school official in this incident.”

Anyone with further information that would aid investigators in this investigation is encouraged to contact Sampson County Sheriff’s Office juvenile investigators at 910-592-4141.

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By Chris Berendt


Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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