Teacher Arrested For Fondling Boys At Ballantyne School

CHARLOTTE, NC– Authorities say a teacher has been charged after reportedly fondling two children at a school in Ballantyne.

Detectives with CMPD reportedly obtained information that Joseph Starnes, 35, a teacher at Primrose School of Ballantyne, had fondled an 8-year-old male victim and a 7-year-old male victim while Starnes was employed as a teacher.

On Friday March 10th, Starnes was interviewed by detectives and subsequently arrested and charged with six counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child.

Officials with Primrose Schools released the following statement regarding the incident:

“We are deeply troubled to see this news unfold as it has. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of the children entrusted to our care. Mr. Starnes had an issue-free record when the North Carolina Child Development and Early Education Health and Human Services office provided a background check on him as a part of our hiring process in May of 2014, and his previous employers actually said they would hire him again. We pride ourselves on an open-door policy with parents, and in his time at our school, evaluations of Mr. Starnes have been positive. We are fully cooperating with the authorities and are awaiting the findings of their investigation.”

Crimes Against Children Detectives reportedly are continuing to investigate this case to determine if their are any additional victims.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call Detective O’Dell at 704-336-4466.