Crime & Courts

Iredell math teacher accused of inappropriately touching students

A math teacher at Mount Mourne IB School in southern Iredell County is accused of touching students inappropriately.

County sheriff’s investigators arrested 57-year-old Neil David Krasnigor on Wednesday after a more than month-long investigation. He was charged with seven counts of indecent liberties with a minor and one count of assault on a female. Krasnigor was jailed on $100,000 bail.

His attorney, Melissa Owen of Charlotte, said Friday that Krasnigor “adamantly denies the charges.”

“He has dedicated his career to excellence in education and is stunned by these allegations,” Owen said. “We look forward to a trial as soon as we can get one.”

Neil David Krasnigor
Neil David Krasnigor Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

The school, on N.C. 115 near Lowe’s corporate headquarters, has about 500 students in grades 6-8.

The investigation began March 27 when Iredell-Statesville Schools filed a report with the sheriff’s office about a teacher touching students inappropriately, Sheriff Darren Campbell said Friday.

Investigators said several students at the middle school came forward with allegations, Observer news partner WBTV reported.

The charges involve incidents from Aug. 29, 2016, to March 27, according to the sheriff. They were filed after the sheriff’s office consulted with the Iredell Country District Attorney’s Office, Campbell said.

Krasnigor was arrested by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell said.

Krasnigor was suspended with pay on March 21, school system spokeswoman Susie Wiberg said.

He has taught in the district since January 2005, starting at Mount Mourne when it was an elementary school and then at Coddle Creek Elementary School. Krasnigor returned to Mount Mourne in 2013.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak