Appeal denied for ex-educator serving life sentence for sex crimes

   
John Patterson Picture courtesy of the NC Department of Corrections
John Patterson
Picture courtesy of the NC Department of Corrections

The NC Court of Appeals handing down a verdict earlier today that will keep a former Iredell County school teacher behind bars.

      1. 2015-11-17AppealCourt

John Patterson Junior was sentenced to life in prison relating to allegations that he fondled students during the 1970s and 80s while teaching fourth grade at Mount Mourne Elementary.

The appeal claimed that jury instructions were incorrect and that an error was made in a motion to dismiss at the close of evidence.

The 67-year-old is currently serving his life sentence at Bertie Correctional Institute.

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