A North Mecklenburg High School teacher, Brandon Jamelle Flowers, 29, of Charlotte, was arrested on Monday for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a student. WSOCTV reports that allegations emerged when several students overheard a conversation about the teacher’s supposed relationship with a female student.
Police say the student-teacher relationship went on for a couple of months, which reportedly did not take place on school grounds, before Flowers’ arrest on May 22. He was charged with “three counts of a sex act with a student and three counts of indecent liberties with a student.”
Flowers was hired as a marketing teacher in August 2015, and it is believed the student he was allegedly involved with was not in one of his classes.
Following the North Mecklenburg High School teacher’s arrest, the principal, Sonya McInnis, released the following email to parents:
“Good afternoon, North Mecklenburg families. This is Sonya McInnis with an important message about an active investigation which may lead to news media coverage. We are working closely with law enforcement regarding an allegation of inappropriate contact with a student by a teacher. I want to assure you that I am committed to the physical, social, and emotional safety of all of our students.”
“Upon learning of the allegations, school leadership, the CMS Police Department took immediate action and we will continue to assist law enforcement in any way necessary during this investigation. I realize you may have additional questions about the allegations. Because this is an active investigation I am limited in what I can share, but do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of North Mecklenburg HS.”
Students at North Mecklenburg High School were stunned after learning that Flowers was arrested after being accused of committing sex acts with a student, as he was considered a “role model” who “helped students.”
Flowers has since been released from the Mecklenburg County Jail after posting $150,000 bail. He made a court appearance on Tuesday where a judge ordered the North Mecklenburg High School teacher to stay away from the “student he’s accused of having sex with.”
As Flowers was exiting the courthouse, he was asked if he had anything to say about the charges or to the students or parents, but he disregarded the question as he proceeded to walk toward the parking lot.
The teacher was suspended with pay while an investigation continues.