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Mid-South teacher charged with rape of student

Aaron Thompson, 42, is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure Aaron Thompson, 42, is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South private school teacher has been charged with statutory rape of a 12-year-old student.

That female student is now 14 years old.  She told police on March 20 that she was sexually abused for over two years by her private school teacher, 42-year-old Aaron Thompson.

Thompson is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure.

Thompson was a middle school teacher at The Excellence Academy until he was reported to police concerning an inappropriate relationship with the student.

"He was fired within 24 hours after we received information regarding this allegation," said The Excellence Academy attorney Curtis Johnson.  "I'm very certain that at this point, none of the activities that we thought were inappropriate happened on school premises or on school time."

According to an affidavit of complaint, the 14-year-old girl told police the relationship with Thompson began over two years ago when Thompson began touching her and sending inappropriate text messages.  She stated the incidents mostly occurred during her 8th grade year when Thompson would take her to his home to engage in sexual acts.

No one answered the door Thursday at Thompson's last known address.

The Excellence Academy is located in Raleigh on the campus of Greater Imani Church, where Apostle Bill Adkins is pastor.  In a statement, he made it clear that the church has no affiliation with the school.

"The Excellence Academy is not associated with Greater Imani Church and Christian Center, nor its ministries or programs," Adkins said in the statement.  "The only relationship that exists is landlord/tenant."

"This is just a tragic situation that we just did not know about at the time," said Johnson.  "Of course, once we found out about it, we just promptly did exactly what we were required to do by law and make sure our children are protected here at the school."

The Excellence Academy is a private school for kindergarten through 8th grade.  The administration said they promptly communicated with parents regarding the allegation.

Thompson is currently in jail on a $50,000 bond.

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