Pictured above: Christina Jolly – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office
STATESVILLE (WSIC) – The Iredell-Statesville Schools teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a foster child resigned from her job in August.
Christina Jolly was out of jail on bond for five counts of statutory rape of a child and was ordered to have no contact with the victim. She is accused by the Iredell County Sheriff’s of contacting the teen by email. The Sheriff’s Office says several witnesses were interviewed and that evidence was gathered from various digital sources before Jolly was arrested again. She received a $200,000 bond.
After news was shared of Jolly’s second arrest, commenters on WSIC’s Facebook Page expressed concern over the possibility of Jolly still being on paid leave. WSIC reached-out to the school district to learn Christina Jolly’s employment status.
Iredell-Statesville Schools says Jolly resigned from her position August 21, 2018 and did not serve students during the 2018-2019 school year since classes didn’t start until August 27. According to the district, Jolly was last in the classroom with students in June 2018.
Investigators first received a report regarding Christina Jolly in April 2018. A detective was assigned to the case and the Department of Social Services was notified. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Jolly agreed to relinquish her rights as a foster parent in July and was to have no contact with the male juvenile.
As the investigation continued, investigators say they learned Jolly was still in contact with the juvenile through several social media channels. As a result, a search warrant was executed where several computers and electronic devices were seized from her residence.
Christina Jolly was arrested by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in August, charged with five counts of felony statutory rape and two counts of felony statutory sex offense. She was released after posting a $200,000 bond.
Identifying herself as a parent whose children were taught by Christina Jolly, Armenda Fallon shared her concerns on WSIC’s Facebook Page regarding this story. “When she taught at Troutman she would favor boys, take them home and to school and buy them shoes and things,” says Fallon. “When we would mention it to the school it was dismissed.”
Iredell-Statesville Schools spokesperson Boen Nutting tells WSIC there have been one or more reports made with concerns regarding Jolly in the past. She says the school district has a process when concerns are raised which can result in referrals being made to outside agencies such as the Department of Social Services and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Jolly could not say if the past report(s) had been referred outside the school district or when they were made.
Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Alvera Lesane says she cannot comment on the situation, but wants the public to know child safety is the district’s number one priority and that all concerns are investigated.
Jolly was first hired in 2002 and has worked at Troutman Elementary and Troutman Middle Schools.