02/24/06 — High school teacher faces sex charge

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High school teacher faces sex charge

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on February 24, 2006 1:54 PM

PIKEVILLE -- A 36-year-old woman teacher at Charles B. Aycock was arrested Thursday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with having sex with an 18-year-old male student.

Laurie Spurlock of Devon-shire Drive was charged with two counts of a felony sex offense with a student, a violation of state law. She was placed in the Wayne County Jail in lieu of a $15,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Carey Winders said Thursday that his office was asked Wednesday by the Wayne County Board of Education to investigate an incident between a teacher and a student.

Detective Sgts. Tammy Odom and Dean Roscoe began an investigation.

The initial report indicated that a sexual relationship had occurred between the female teacher and a male student. Winders said the crimes did not occur on school property.

Ms. Spurlock turned herself in at about 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sheriff's Office with her lawyer.

Winders did not identify the student. He said the case is still under investigation and additional charges would be sought through grand jury indictments.

In an unrelated case, a 60-year-old man was arrested by the Sheriff's Office Thursday and charged with five felony sexual offenses.

James Albert Selvidge of Big Daddy's Road, Pikeville, was accused of molesting two young girls over several years, Detective Sgt. Tammy Odom said.

Selvidge was charged with four counts of a first-degree sex offense with a child and one count of indecent liberties with a child.

When the original report of a sexual assault of a 7-year-old was investigated, Sgt. Odom said she discovered that another child also had been assaulted. During the time of the alleged assaults, the first girl was between 5 and 7 years old, and the second was between 8 and 13 years old.

The assaults allegedly occurred at Selvidge's home, Gaston Lake and a farm pond near Kenly, Sgt. Odom said. The two victims are related to Selvidge.

Selvidge was placed in the Wayne County Jail in lieu of a $124,000 secured bond.