Crime & Courts

Police search for elementary school teacher accused of sexually assaulting boys

Police on Friday asked the public for help in finding a Charlotte elementary school teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting boys at an overnight summer camp he ran from his home.

Also Friday, police said they have identified three more victims in the case involving 29-year-old Taji Brown, a fifth-grade teacher at Billingsville Elementary School.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives obtained 26 warrants for Brown’s arrest, including 13 counts each of indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student.

Taji Brown
Taji Brown Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Brown was initially charged this week with inappropriately touching two boys while operating the program at his home on Pebble Creek Way in north Charlotte.

Brown has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools since 2011 and was suspended with pay, Observer news partner WBTV reported.

Police said Brown’s camp was called “G.U.D.B.O.Y.S.” (Gentlemen Understanding Destiny By Overcoming Your Statistics), and was billed as a mentoring program. Brown recruited the children for the program, police said, by preying specifically on young boys who had single mothers.

Police were notified of the program when the parent of a 10-year-old victim said their child told them Brown touched him.

The case highlights the importance of vetting childcare providers, especially during the summer months, CMPD Lt. Tom Barry said this week. CMPD is available to help parents find programs for their children, he said.

“We know it’s very difficult to find childcare when school’s out, but we will be partners with you to help you in that struggle, if that is a struggle for you,” Barry said.

Anyone with information on Brown’s whereabouts should call 911.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak