CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – A CMS employee was arrested at his home Wednesday for ‘inappropriately touching’ a 13-year-old female student at school on Tuesday, according to CMPD.
David Lucas, 25, a family advocate at Wilson STEM Academy, was apprehended without incident and charged with the following:
- Indecent liberties with a child
- Taking indecent liberties with a student by a school administrator
- First-degree kidnapping
Lucas was reportedly hired on Jan. 17, 2023; the job description of a family advocate is to help administrators and families connect regarding students learning.
CMS officials say they were informed of the situation Wednesday and immediately alerted the police. They also say a background check in North and South Carolina is completed during the application process.
“The reality is that most people who sexually abuse kids have nothing on their record that says they’ve done that before,” explained Andrew Oliver, the CEO of Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center. “They’re not on the sex offender registry list or anything like that. So a lot of that wouldn’t show in a background check.”
According to a CMS spokesperson, Lucas is on paid leave while the investigation continues.
Detectives with CMPD’s Crimes Against Children Unit have taken over the investigation; no further information was released.