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CMS teacher charged with indecent liberties

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher was put on leave after he was arrested on three felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

A district spokeswoman said Clyde Bernard Valentine, who taught at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday. The district could take further action pending a police investigation.

Valentine, 59, was arrested Tuesday after a police investigation that began several weeks ago, reported WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner. Officials believe the victim is a relative and said the alleged incidents did not occur on school grounds, the station reported.

Records show that Valentine was released from the Mecklenburg County jail Wednesday morning after posting a $30,000 bond.

Valentine has worked for CMS since 2001. He started off as an AVID tutor at Vance High School, then moved to Berry the next year, said CMS spokeswoman Kasia Thompson. Valentine most recently taught electronics in the school’s Career and Technical Education program. WCNC-TV contributed.

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