Randall Lee Clawson


GREENSBORO — Jurors in a child sex abuse trial spent the morning viewing video testimony from an 11-year-old boy who said he was abused by his teacher for two years and the former Lindley Elementary teacher who said it never happened.

Randall “Randy” Lee Clawson, a former English as a second language teacher faces four counts each of first-degree sexual offense with a child, sexual activity with a student by a teacher, indecent liberties with a child and three counts of first-degree kidnapping.

The boy told jurors last week that between his first and third grade Clawson repeatedly forced him into a school bathroom, made him pull down his pants and touched him inappropriately before making him reciprocate.

Clawson testified he never touched a student sexually.

The News & Record does not name the victims of sexual assault.

About an hour into their second day of deliberations Thursday jurors asked Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg to see two DVDs, blueprints of the school, a timeline of events, a transcript of testimony from the boy's counselor Bobbie Bingham and markers, poster-sized paper and tape.

The footage jurors will view is the child's interview with counselors and Clawson's police interview.

Clawson's sexual preference is questioned in the interview with investigators. The judge was asked to redact that portion when it is played today. Bragg refused because he said defense attorneys did not request it the first time the tape was played.

"Frankly, I thought on Monday you would ask for a mistrial because of the tape," Bragg said to defense attorney Locke Clifford.

Jurors also requested the definition of the words "sick role" written in a physician's report about the boy. His family doctor noted that the student "warns to the sick role."

Bragg said he plans to tell the jurors there is no legal or medical definition for those words, and they as jurors need to determine what the doctors meant by the term.

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