A former New Bern High School teacher has been arrested for alleged inappropriate behavior with students at his home.
Deputies arrested Frank Dolan just before 5 p.m. Friday and charged him with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (including marijuana) and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor. Dolan was released on a $6,000 bond, according to investigators.
Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath said his deputies are also investigating claims from the students that games involving nudity were played at Dolan's home, located on Rock Creek Drive in Jones County.
"We interviewed all the victims and what we're getting was everything was happening at Mr. Dolan's residence. A lot of inappropriate activity, especially coming from a school teacher," said Sheriff Heath.
But Dolan told NewsChannel 12 the allegations are a big misunderstanding. According to Dolan, some of his students came to his home to play water pong on May 9. But one of the students got water on his shorts, so he had to take them off. The student was naked below the waist when his grandfather arrived at the home, Dolan said.
The student's parents reported the incident to New Bern High School, Dolan told NewsChannel 12. Dolan was then suspended with pay for the remainder of the year, according to a school official. His contract was not renewed for next year.
Bradley Vasquez said he has lived down the street from Dolan for seven years and has been hanging out at this home since 2012.
"His policy is if you're going to do it, I suggest you don't. But if you do, don't bring it here," said Vasquez.
Vasquez added that Dolan is a mentor to the students and would never let any illegal activity happen in his home.
"If this was a bunch of young kids hanging out at a 21-year-old's home, this would not be an issue. The fact that there's an age gap, suddenly red flags go up and people start to read into things," Vasquez told NewsChannel 12.
Sheriff Heath and District Attorney Scott Thomas requested the State Bureau of Investigation to look into this case, said Noelle Talley, a spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office.