Former teacher picked up girl, warrant says

A former middle school teacher charged with inappropriately touching five underage girls has now also been accused of picking up a sixth girl from a home in Sawmills and taking her somewhere without her parents’ permission, according to court records.

Justin William Biggs, 29, of Lenoir was charged Thursday with felonious restraint.

According to an arrest warrant filed at the Caldwell County Courthouse, investigators say that Biggs “did restrain … a person under the age of 16 years” and drove her in a Jeep Wrangler from a home on Edgewood Drive to somewhere else “without the consent of her parent or legal guardian.” The warrant does not say where Biggs took her.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office did not return calls for comment.

Biggs was first arrested Dec. 5 and charged with five counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, charges that stem from his time teaching at Granite Falls Middle School in 2015 and William Lenoir Middle School this year.

He first came under investigation by the Granite Falls Police Department in May 2015 after seven girls said Biggs touched them inappropriately, police said. 

Granite Falls police investigated and turned the case over to the district attorney’s office, but because no charges were filed, school officials say they believed that the behavior the girls complained about was immature, not sexual or criminal. In August in 2015 Biggs was reassigned to William Lenoir Middle School but given conditions of behavior he must follow.

Early last month the Lenoir Police Department began investigating Biggs again after school officials reported “a physical assault by a teacher at William Lenoir Middle School,” police said.

Biggs resigned from William Lenoir Middle School on Nov. 20.

Biggs is charged in connection with three reported incidents at William Lenoir Middle — one between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, and two more on Nov. 8 — and incidents in Granite Falls believed to have taken place between April 1 and May 31, 2015, the indictments said.

After his initial arrest Biggs was released after posting a secured bond of $125,000.

Following his arrest on Thursday, Biggs’ new bond was set at $25,000 secured, but he posted a bond and was again released, jail officials said.

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