GREENSBORO — A mother spoke candidly to jurors Thursday morning during testimony in the trial of a former Lindley Elementary School teacher accused of sexually abusing her son on the school's campus.
Randall "Randy" Lee Clawson, who taught English as a second language at the school, faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sex offense with a child, two counts of sexual acts with a student by a teacher, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and sexual offense with a child by an adult.
Defense attorney Daniel Harris, who with partner Locke Clifford, represents Clawson, asked the mother if she knowingly enrolled her son into an English as a second language program at Lindley, adding that her name was signed on a form along with the signatures of school principal Aaron Woody and Clawson.
"Believe you, me, if I knew the kind of teacher he was, I wouldn't have signed him up," the mother said in Spanish through an interpreter.
The News & Record doesn't name victims of sexual assault and is not naming the mother as to avoid identifying the child.
Union County Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg, who is presiding over the case in Guilford County Superior Court, told jurors he would strike her comment from the record.
The mother rolled her eyes as her jawline tightened, and she interrupted the judge and asked through the interpreter if she could address Clawson directly, a request she that was denied immediately.
On Wednesday she had to hear her son, now 11, testify that Clawson locked him in a school bathroom, forced him to pull down his pants and inappropriately touched the child. The boy said Clawson forced the child to do the same to him.
"He told me, if I told anyone what happened, he would do the same thing to my sister," the boy testified Wednesday.
Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Thompson finished out Thursday morning's proceedings with testimony from the boy's former principal. Woody, who now works as an assistant superintendent in Asheboro.
Woody told the jury he remembered the boy as a smiling, polite but quiet student and that his mother actively participated in school events.
"I don't remember anything negative about him at all," Woody said.
As for Clawson, Woody said he was considered proficient, the lowest terminology the school district used for a teacher other than not preforming.
However, Clawson told the jurors he never received a complaint from parents or students against Clawson except for the boy's allegations. He said he wasn't aware of any other allegations having been made agaisnt Clawson since.
Bragg ended the morning's proceedings at 12:15 p.m. and instructed jurors to return for the afternoon session at 1:30 p.m.
Thompson plans to call on a forensic witness and play an hour-long video interview of the student.
The prosecution's case is expected to end Thursday afternoon. The trial is expected to continue into early next week.
GREENSBORO — A former Lindley Elementary School teacher is on trial this week, facing multiple charges in Guilford County Superior Court. Allegations include that Randall "Randy" Lee Clawson locked a boy in a bathroom and sexually abused him on multiple occasions, beginning when the student was a first-grader.
Clawson, who taught English as a second language at the school, faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sex offense with a child, two counts of sexual acts with a student by a teacher, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and sexual offense with a child by an adult.
Guilford County Schools placed Clawson on leave when the allegations were made. District spokeswoman Nora Murray said today that Clawson no longer works for the school system.
The trial began Wednesday with testimony from the victim who is now 11 years old. The News & Record does not identify victims of sexual assault.
More than 50 adults listened Wednesday to the boy's testimony inside Courtroom 4-C. The child told jurors the abuse went on for 3 years. Jurors were told that the boy's mother and Lindley teacher Margaret Sisk, who also testified Wednesday, noticed the boy's personality changed and that he was desperate to avoid school.
"He told me if I told anyone what happened he would do the same thing to my sister," the boy testified.
Union County Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg is presiding over the case which is expected to continue into next week.
Bragg suddenly ended Wednesday's proceedings after the boy's mother told Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Thompson that a private investigator was hired by the defense to follow her children and take pictures of them.
The judge sent jurors out of the room on the contention that the mother's statement might prejudice them against Clawson.
Thompson said she didn't know that's where the testimony was heading, and she would change her line of questioning, when the mother's testimony resumed.
Clawson is represented by Guilford County Attorney Locke Clifford.
The trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. today with additional testimony from the victim's mother.
Thompson said she plans to call on experts to testify Thursday and play an hour long forensic interview to the jury.
The state's case is expected to conclude Thursday afternoon.