Randall Clawson


GREENSBORO — A former Lindley Elementary School teacher was convicted Wednesday of sexually abusing one of his 6-year-old students.

Randall “Randy” Lee Clawson, 56, of Greensboro was convicted of first-degree sexual offense with a child, felony sexual act with a student by a teacher, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of first-degree kidnapping.

At the time of the offenses, Clawson was the English as a second language teacher of the child, who was a first- grader.

Clawson’s charges will run consecutively because he must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison for the sexual offense before beginning a minimum of 27 months in prison for the other convictions.

“We were very satisfied and so was his family,” said Kelly Thompson, the Guilford County assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case. “His (the victim’s) mother told him she forgave him and that she feels sorry for his mother because as a mom she can imagine what his mother is going through.”

Clawson’s trial lasted more than a week in Guilford County Superior Court. It is the second time jurors heard the details of Clawson’s abuse toward the victim.

The child’s family members are not named because doing so could identify him. The News & Record does not identify victims of sexual abuse cases.

In August 2016 the victim testified before 12 jurors, 11 of whom found Clawson guilty. The 12th juror had thought Clawson was innocent.

Judge Christopher Bragg declared a mistrial.

During that trial, the victim testified that Clawson took him into a bathroom, forced him to pull down his pants and inappropriately touched him before forcing the boy to reciprocate.

The boy told jurors that Clawson threatened to do the same thing to his sister if the boy reported him. The abuse lasted three years.

At age 9 the boy finally broke his silence.

“I think this trial was better than the first,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the victim is now 12 years old and was able better to articulate and explain what happened.

His third-grade teacher also testified that she noticed the boy began to fake being ill in the afternoon, and that he would cry before going to Clawson’s class, the last of the day.

One of the victim’s classmates also came forward and testified that the victim was always the last student allowed to leave Clawson’s classroom leaving the boy alone with his teacher.

Clawson had been out of jail on bond during the trial.

On Thursday morning he was in the Guilford County jail awaiting transfer to prison.

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