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Sexual comments in Spanish, unwanted touching cited in Charlotte teacher’s arrest

Teacher arrested for sexual assault at school

Sugar Creek Charter school teacher faces sexual assault charges
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Sugar Creek Charter school teacher faces sexual assault charges

A middle school teacher at Sugar Creek Charter School in north Charlotte was arrested Monday after police charged him with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student on campus, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department report.

Vincent Andrew Littlejohn of Cornelius was charged with felony indecent liberties against a student, indecent liberties against a child and two counts of simple assault, Mecklenburg County jail records show. Littlejohn, 30, is free on $25,000 bail, according to jail records.

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Vincent Andrew Littlejohn Mecklenburg County jail

The girl’s mother told police that her daughter “was sexually assaulted by the suspect multiple times over the last few weeks,” the CMPD report said. The police report classified the assaults as “forcible fondling.”

Sugar Creek Director Cheryl Turner said Tuesday the incident started when a student reported that Littlejohn, who had been hired two months earlier as a seventh-grade science teacher, had made sexual remarks to her in Spanish. He was immediately placed on administrative leave, then fired after police filed charges, Turner said.

Turner said the comments were made during class, in a room where most students don’t speak Spanish. But she said other students in the room were able to verify the student’s account.

Turner said the school reviewed video from the classroom and saw Littlejohn touching the same student’s hair, which led to charges of assault based on unwanted touching.

Littlejohn worked as a science teacher at Harding High from August 2015 to June 2018, when he resigned, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman Renee McCoy.

Sugar Creek, an independent public school that does not report to CMS, hired him after an in-depth interview and background check, Turner said. She said her school was told Littlejohn was eligible for rehire by CMS, and no criminal charges turned up in the background check.

Turner said she and other faculty had never heard Littlejohn speak Spanish and weren’t aware that he could.

“We don’t want these kind of things to happen to our kids,” Turner said. “None of us saw anything that was suspicious.”

Sugar Creek is offering counseling to students and staff, she said.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms