Alleged victim speaks out after former CMS teacher charged

Alleged victim speaks out after former CMS teacher charged

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by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 6:52 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- To protect his identity, we’re not giving his name, but three decades ago he said he was forced to do inappropriate things with his teacher.

"It started with some candy and notes,” said the former student.

He said it happened while he was a student at Marie G. Davis when it was still an elementary school.

This week, Monte Sue Diebolt, now 73 years old and living in Georgia, was arrested and charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor.

"I was in the 6th grade then,” the alleged victim noted.

The former student said Diebolt left little notes in his book asking him to stay behind instead of going to art class or PE with the other kids.

"And soon after, that's when I recognized the routine.  Whenever she asked for a textbook, I knew what that meant,” he said.

A spokesperson for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said Diebolt taught at Marie G. Davis from 1972 to 1985 and then at Northwest Junior High School from 1985 to 1989 before it became Northwest School of the Arts.

According to the police report, “the suspect forced the victim to touch the suspect inappropriately and against his will.”

After all these years, the alleged victim said it was time to come clean.

He said, "in my day-to-day life it was easy to put it in the back of my mind and pretend it didn't happen….I guess over the years that embarrassment morphed into anger.  That's when I decided to speak up.”

But at one point, while still in elementary school, he said his parents were concerned after finding one of those notes in his book.  He said they thought it was inappropriate and met with the principal.

"He assured my parents that there was nothing to it, that nothing inappropriate was happening, nothing to worry about."

Fast forward 30 years and going to the police last February.  He said he confronted his former teacher over the phone last year while the call was being secretly recorded by investigators.

"It was very obvious in the tone and her words, that she was very regretful, apologetic, contrite.  She even offered to drive up here to visit me to talk about it."

He said the conversation lasted for about 20 minutes.

"One of the main questions for her I always had was why she chose me. Why?

He said he asked her that question.

"She didn't reply," the alleged victim said.

There are still so many questions for the once young boy now grown man hoping the arrest and whatever may come next will give him some closure 30 years later.

"I guess in one word justice, for her to experience the humiliation that I did as a child,” he said.

NBC Charlotte reached out to Diebolt.  We called her home in Georgia several times but we didn’t get an answer and she hasn’t returned our call.  We also checked to see if she had a criminal record in North Carolina or Georgia and nothing turned up.

As far as the investigation, detectives aren’t commenting because it’s ongoing.
 

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