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Former teacher's sex case postponed

November 7, 2011

A superior court judge postponed the case of a former Maiden High School teacher accused of having sex with a student.

Christopher Bryce Caldwell, a former Maiden band director, is charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a student and one count of sexual activity with a student.

Caldwell did not speak at his appearance in court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing, and Superior Court Judge Carl Fox agreed to continue the case until Jan. 30, 2012.

The incident allegedly occurred in early March with a 17-year-old Maiden High School student. Caldwell was 25 years old when the charges surfaced.

Catawba County Schools (CCS) suspended Caldwell on March 4 with pay. On March 9, the school district removed his pay.

Caldwell was later indicted on the sexual misconduct charges. He submitted to authorities at the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and was released on a $9,500 bond.

The CCS Board of Education dismissed Caldwell from his position at Maiden High School in late March after a requested board meeting from then-Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.

Caldwell appeared in superior court in August and entered a plea of not guilty.

Caldwell’s attorney, Jason White, did not return a call as of press time Monday.

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