A 59-year-old Sampson County man, who served as an instructional assistant and basketball coach with Wayne County Public Schools, is facing an indecent liberties charge against a student.
According to a press release issued today by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Glen Isaac Darden, of 2524 H.B. Lewis Road, Clinton, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with the felony offense, the result of an investigation that began on Dec. 12 when the sheriff’s office received a report of a possible sexual assault involving a student and a “teacher/coach” at Eastern Wayne High School.
Ken Derksen, director of Communication Services/PIO for Wayne County Schools, clarified Wednesday that Darden is not a teacher but rather an instructional assistant at the school, as well as the head varsity boys basketball coach.
“Due to personnel privacy laws, the district cannot discuss any details of his leave,” Derksen said in a release.
The system did confirm that Darden was placed on paid administrative leave from his position at Eastern Wayne High on Dec. 13. It has since been changed to unpaid administrative leave. He was hired by Wayne County Public Schools in March of 2003. Since his start, he has coached basketball at the school; this is his second year as head coach.
According to Wayne sheriff’s reports, the student, a juvenile, informed the school’s resource officer the day after the alleged incident took place, prompting the investigation.
The incident, the press release noted, occurred on school grounds.
Darden was placed in the Wayne County jail under a $1,000 secured bond. No details were available on whether he has since been released and a call to Sheriff’s Capt. Richard Lewis was not immediately returned.