Former CMS substitute teacher now facing 17 charges

Rocky River High
Rocky River High

More charges were filed Thursday morning against a former substitute teacher at Rocky River High School who is accused of having inappropriate contact with students.

Lamont Deshon Barrett, 31, was charged Thursday with eight counts of indecent liberties with a student and one count of felony disseminating obscenity. In total, Barrett is facing 17 charges.

Barrett Mecklenburg County Jail

Barrett was arrested on Sept. 14 for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a student while on the job.

The investigation began looking into the allegations on Sept. 1, according to the official report. Barrett used his personal cell phone to show the 16-year-old pornography while students were in the classroom, police said. When class dismissed, the 16-year-old was in the classroom alone with Barrett and that's when the alleged crime happened, according to police.

More students have come forward with similar allegations since his arrest. The alleged incidents happened inside a classroom at the end of last school year. Police are continuing to ask students who know something about Barrett to come forward.

Investigators are looking into the new claims. No word if more charges will be filed.

Barrett was arrested in Lexington County, S.C., and extradited back to Mint Hill to be interviewed. He was then charged and taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Barrett is no stranger to the law. He has been arrested for driving with his license revoked and charged with possession of drugs. Law enforcement officials said they are surprised Barrett was hired as a CMS substitute teacher. Court records show a few years ago, he was arrested on possession of marijuana.

CMS' hiring practice is now part of the investigation, Detectives said.

CMS officials said a background check was completed on Barrett. The district said all arrests would show up on the background check, including the drug charges.

This following statement was sent to parents at the school:

“Dear Rocky River families, this is Principal Turner. The Mint Hill Police Department notified me about an investigation regarding inappropriate conduct with a student that has led to the arrest of a former substitute. CMS is fully assisting in the investigation. The substitute is no longer employed with the district since Sept. 1. This is a police matter and I have no more information that I may provide. Should you have any questions, please call the Mint Hill Police Department.”

Barrett was hired by the district on March 30 of this year, according to officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He did not substitute at any other CMS schools.

Barrett was removed as a substitute on Sept. 1 and terminated on Sept. 14, school officials said.

Barrett is expected to appear in court Friday.

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085.