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Durham school resource officer charged with sex crimes

DURHAM (WTVD) - A school resource officer who worked in two different Durham County high schools has been charged with multiple sexual offenses with a minor.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday that Deputy Chris Kelly has been charged with:

- Statutory Sex Offense with a Child
- First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
- Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
- Indecent Liberties with a Child
- Sex Acts with a Student
- Second Degree Kidnapping

Kelly, who had previously been under an internal investigation, was let go by the Sheriff's Office on April 28. He was arrested on Monday.

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According to search warrants, the former deputy was pulled over for speeding in April and a teenage girl was found hiding outside the vehicle when officers approached it.

The Durham County Public School System said Kelly worked at Hillside High School as a resource officer and did off-duty work as a contract officer at Northern High School.

"When one of our own is accused of abusing the trust we work hard to earn, it is both disheartening and devastating to all involved," Durham Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a written release. "Our thoughts are with the family at the center of this ongoing investigation."


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