CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have the CMS elementary school teacher who was arrested and released on bond two weeks ago, back in custody on additional on charges of indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student.
CMPD confirmed that the suspect, Taji Brown, 29, turned himself in on August 19, around 10:30 a.m.
Brown has 26 total charges for his involvement in the sexual assault of multiple juvenile victims during overnight camps he held at his home.
CMPD held a press conference after the initial arrest to discuss the charges. After further investigation, a total of thirteen students were identified as possible victims to Brown's crimes.
Detectives determined that Brown touched male juveniles inappropriately during the overnight camps. A search warrant was executed at Brown’s home, where more evidence was collected.
Police suspect at least thirteen students could have been manipulated by the suspect.
During the investigation, detectives determined that Brown was working as a fifth grade teacher at Billingsville Elementary School where several of his students were involved in a mentoring and summer program run by Brown called G.U.D.B.O.Y.S. (Gentleman Understanding Destiny By Overcoming Your Statistics).
According to the probable cause statement, a 10-year-old boy at the camp claimed that while he was taking a shower, Brown came in the room, watched him bathe, and told him he did not wash himself well enough. The boy says Brown then, "took the wash cloth and washed under his arms, his chest, and his genitals."
The boy told him mother that what happened made him feel uncomfortable.
According to police, the crimes occurred while Brown was employed as a teacher at Billingsville Elementary School, but did not occur on the Billingsville Elementary School campus.
Brown has been charged with thirteen counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child and thirteen counts of Indecent Liberties with a Student.
According to CMS records, Brown had been an employee since 2011. He has worked at Billingsville elementary since 2015. He is currently suspended with pay.
The Crimes Against Children Unit is currently working to determine if there are additional victims.
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