Man who teaches fifth grade accused of touching female students inappropriately

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A fifth-grade teacher has been booked into jail, and the man is accused of inappropriately touching four girls who were in his class during the course of the 2013-2014 school year.

According to court documents, 62-year-old James Rolland Carter faces two counts of sexual abuse of a child as second-degree felonies, and two counts of lewdness involving a child as class A misdemeanors.

A declaration of probable cause indicates that three female students told police that sometime between September 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014 Carter had touched their breasts and buttocks over the clothing. A fourth student stated Carter placed his clothed private part against her shoulder and ribs over the clothing at some point during that same period of time.

The alleged victims are all 11-year-old females.

Carter is a fifth-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Salt Lake City. Mike Williams, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City School District, said the district became aware of the investigation in April, and at that time the teacher was placed on paid administrative leave.

Williams said now that formal charges have been filed, Carter will remain on administrative leave until the case works its way through the courts--after which the district will make a final determination on the man's employment status.

A warrant was issued for Carter’s arrest Wednesday, and he has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. The man’s bail is set at $30,000.

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.

11 comments

  • Caroline R.

    My 10 year old daughter just went camping with him. We have been family friends forever. He is the kindest, most innocent, hardworking man I know. My daughter, who is 10, felt very comfortable with him. I know groups of girls who have banded together to try to ‘get rid of’ a tough teacher. I am devistated for Jim. He is a truly good man and I still will trust my daughter with him forever.

    • Melissa J. P. C.

      I don’t think Mr. Carter would do such a thing. He was my fifth grade teacher and I still remember that he was a good educator. I know that he would never do such things. Let’s see what the court and evidence says if he’s guilty of charge or not. MAYBE some groups of girls did try to get rid of the toughest teacher in that grade, which in this case was Mr.Carter… Let’s hope that’s the situation.

      • C. M.

        You are right. Everyone who knows the girls know they made it up. Now they are proud of their rep. Their 6th grade teacher better watch his/her back! Especially with the girl (and her parents) who started it!

  • amy

    I cant belive what that report says because he was my 6th grade teacher and he was super nice he would never touch any of my class mates. I simply cant belive he would do that!!!

  • FUHKIM

    notice.. anything that has something nice to say about this guy in the comments above is female..

    LOL throw him away and melt the key,.

    • C. M.

      You must be one of the parents behind it. They can say all they want now but the teachers and us all know the truth. My mom says that she is proud of me for saying the truth and not giving into peer pressure to lie. When Mr. Carter meets God he will be fine. Those girls won’t be forgiven. They are old enough to know better.

  • Darrel A.

    This man is no criminal. He was my fifth grade teacher. There was a reason why he won Wal-Mart’s teacher of the year. Where is the proof of these accusations? Whether he’s innocent or not, this was a move to destroy his teaching career. To be thrown into the gutter by the media, is quite frankly sickening. I owe Jim Carter a lot, he taught me how to fit in, when I moved and switched into his fifth grade class. I give my deepest sorrow for him and his family.

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