Fired Durham Deputy Charged With Statutory Rape Of 15 Year Old Student


A former Durham County deputy was arrested Monday on sex crimes involving a 15-year-old student while he served as a school resource officer.

Christopher Kelly, 40, was fired April 28 after being accused of sexual misconduct, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. He started working as an off-duty school resource officer in June 2014, in addition to his assignment on the warrant squad.

A search warrant shows that Kelly worked as an off-duty deputy at Carrington Middle a School in the 2014-2015 school year, at which time investigators say he met the victim. That warrant states that when the victim moved to Northern High School the following year, Kelly began working off-duty there.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department said that, on June 20, 2016, Kelly was transferred full-time to the School Resource Division, at which point he was moved to Hillside High School.

Kelly is charged with statutory sex offense with a child, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, indecent liberties with a child, sex acts with a student and second-degree kidnapping.

According to a family member, Kelly has a wife and children.

The sheriff’s office initiated an investigation after deputies pulled over a car Kelly was driving in April and noticed his female teen passenger. According to search warrants, Kelly initially tried to avoid getting pulled over, and when he was, he created a distraction so that the girl could run away.

Chief Deputy Ladd sent Kelly a letter on April 28, saying “recent events have led me to lose confidence in your ability to conduct your official duties as a deputy sheriff with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.”

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