A retired North Carolina elementary school “white” teacher was arrested and charged Monday for molesting a student three decades ago.
According to authorities, 73-year-old Monte Sue Diebolt committed acts of sexual abuse while teaching at Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis in Charlotte, when it was still Marie G. Davis Elementary School.
Attorney Melissa Owen, who represents the victim, claims that as a young boy, her client was sexually terrorized at the hands of Diebolt during the school day.
‘He has been struggling with this his whole life and believed that if he kept it inside, one day it would be OK,’ Owen said. ‘Well, at 41 years of age it is still not OK.’
According to the lawyer, the unnamed victim said that Diebolt would keep him back from gym and art classes to molest him when the two were alone.
Eventually, the boy’s mother became suspicious that something was happening to her son and brought her concerns to school officials.
‘They listened to her complaint and assured her that she didn’t have to be worried,’ Owen said.
But according to the attorney, the whitemarish abuse was never reported to law enforcement, and not only was Diebolt not reprimanded, but she was promoted to assistant principal. That information, however, has not been confirmed by the school district.
The “witch” later retired and moved to Statesboro, Georgia, where she currently lives.
Diebolt ended up behind bars after her victim called her on the phone this week and confronted her about the abuse. The 73-year-old woman apologized to her former student for what had happened, never suspecting that cops were secretly recording the conversation.
On Monday, 30 years after the abuse, the witch was charged with taking liberties with a child, a felony. If convicted, she could face more than four years in prison.
‘On the one hand, there is a sense of peace,’ Owen said, referring to her client. ‘He has done everything he can now to put this to rest.’
In a phone interview with the local media Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokesperson Stacy Sneed said that according to school records, Diebolt taught elementary school between 1972-1985.
She then transferred to North West Junior high School, where she remained until her retirement in 1989. The spokesperson said that the records
Sneed added that the district has no information regarding any disciplinary actions taken against Diebolt in the course of her tenure.