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News conference Monday afternoon will focus on arrest of Southern Middle School teacher/coach for taking indecent liberties with a student(s)


A joint news conference scheduled for Monday afternoon may provide some specificity surrounding the arrest Thursday of a Southern Middle School teacher who is also a soccer coach at the school.

Check back for update from Monday press conference.

After the arrest, the school system described the incident as an “ongoing investigation involving alleged misconduct by a Southern Middle School teacher.”

The school system provided the following information which is a public record even when involving otherwise personnel-related matters: The teacher is Ivan Danilo Ardila Perez, age 36, a first year Spanish teacher at the school, who also serves as the soccer coach for the boys’ team at Southern Middle.

He began work at the school on September 12,2022 and has a salary of $52,405.

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According to the school system, he was suspended with pay on Wednesday, April 26.

He was arrested for taking indecent liberties with a student, according to records maintained by the Alamance County sheriff’s office.

In an initial court appearance Friday, bond was set at $100,000. He was also described as a non-citizen in the U.S. on a work visa.

One of the key issues to be addressed Monday is how many children (i.e., students) may have been involved in the teacher’s inappropriate misconduct, as well as more detail about the specifics of the alleged misconduct.

A robocall put out to Southern Middle School parents by the school system made reference to an 11-year-old.

In the initial court appearance, judge Rick Champion described the charges as involving “more than one” student; there appeared to be four charges: two for taking indecent liberties with a student; one for taking indecent liberties with a minor; and one for taking indecent liberties with a child.

The news conference to be held at the Alamance County sheriff’s office Monday at 2:00 p.m. will include sheriff Terry S. Johnson and ABSS superintendent Dr. Dain Butler, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

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