A Rowan County teacher and scout leader is facing new child sex charges after a fourth alleged victim came forward, according to investigators.
Jim Barringer III, 51, was arrested on July 16 and charged with six counts of indecent liberties with child. On Thursday, officials told WBTV that Barringer would face additional counts of the same charge.
According to officials, the new charges came after a fourth victim came forward. That victim told officials that Barringer had touched them sexually during an overnight activity at a church in China Grove in 1995. The victim was a juvenile at the time.
Barringer could spend more than 31 years in prison if convicted.
According to the arrest warrants, Barringer is accused of molesting three boys between June 1 and July 4.
Barringer made his first appearance in court the morning after his arrest via video from the Rowan County Detention Center.
Judge Marshall Bickett told Barringer that he could face 62 months in prison on each of the six counts he then faced.
Attorney James Davis will represent Barringer. Several members of Barringer's family were in the courtroom but did not have any comment.
Barringer was an 8th grade algebra teacher at China Grove Middle School, where he was also the school's Athletic Director. He resigned from his position the week he was charged.
He also served as an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop in China Grove.
Investigators say the charges involved incidents that occurred over the last two years, and involve more than one preteen victim.
"The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may be a victim of this type of reprehensible behavior. The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these allegations, we took immediate action to preclude this individual from any future participation in the Scouting program," said W. Todd Walter, Scout Executive/CEO for the Central North Carolina Council.
Walter added, "These allegations remind us of the importance to be ever vigilant when it comes to the safety of our youth. The BSA seeks to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education on the subject, the chartered organization leader selection process, criminal background and other checks, policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse."
A spokesperson for the Rowan-Salisbury School System said that officials were "shocked, appalled and very saddened" to hear about the arrest and charges.
"The conduct with which he has been charged is deplorable and is grounds for immediate dismissal from the school system," the spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday. "The superintendent is taking immediate steps to investigate, in cooperation with law enforcement. Dr. Moody encourages anyone with potentially relevant information to contact the Rowan County Sheriff's Department.
Barringer posted a $100,000 bond and was released from jail the day after his original arrest. He also posted a $25,000 bond after the new charges on Thursday and was released.
He was scheduled to be back in court on August 6.
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