Former Unaka substitute teacher bound to grand jury on sexual assault, drugs, weapons charges

Published 9:50 am Saturday, March 14, 2015

Joshua Fair

Joshua Fair

A former substitute teacher arrested in November on allegations he sexually assaulted a student has been bound over to a Carter County grand jury on multiple charges.

Carter County Sheriff’s Department Deputy David Munsey arrested Joshua Michael Fair, 24, of 344 H. Heaton Road, Elizabethton, on Nov. 7 and charged him with sexual assault by an authority figure, possession of Schedule II drugs, violation of the drug-free school zone and two counts of possession of weapons on school property.

Fair was working as a substitute teacher at Unaka High School at the time the alleged assault took place but has since been fired by the school system.

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An investigation began on Nov. 7 when Munsey, the School Resource Officer at Unaka High School, received information Fair sexually assaulted a student at the school that day. According to a warrant written by Munsey, two girls reported to school officials that Fair had made sexual comments to them, both verbally and electronically using a note pad app on his phone. One of the girls also reported that Fair had touched her inappropriately as she left the classroom.

According to a statement released by the sheriff’s department, while Fair was being searched as part of his arrest, officers found a small quantity of Schedule II drugs and two knives, leading to additional charges against Fair.

The investigation into the alleged assault is ongoing at this time.

On Friday, Fair appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court where he was bound over to the grand jury on all charges and ordered to have no contact with the victim by Judge Keith Bowers, Jr.