Prosecutors described a “highly elaborate grooming process” carried out by the couple.
Wendell, NC — A disgraced school resource officer and his now-fired teacher wife have been indicted on disturbing sex charges involving a student from the school where they worked. Parents and students from Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, N.C. are now asking if anyone else was involved.
According to authorities, Mike Medlin, a Johnston County Sheriff’s Office deputy and school resource officer, and his wife Ami Medlin, a teacher for 22 years and worked as a family and consumer science teacher at Corinth Holders High School, have been hit with multiple charges.
The couple was indicted on three charges each of taking indecent liberties with a student, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and sexual servitude.
Prosecutors described a “highly elaborate grooming process” carried out by the couple on a troubled boy at the school. The abuse spanned the course of two years.
“He was invited into their home and given alcohol. Videos were made of him doing sexual things and then given to Miss Medlin at school so she could watch,” the prosecutor said.
Details of the abuse were made public, including the fact that Mike Medlin admitted to being “involved” after the student was intoxicated. According to police documents, the couple admitted to taking a student home with them to “watch movies” in their bed with them.
The couple was also accused of inappropriate relationships with other children, including a girl who had been a babysitter for their children.
Despite the couple’s own admissions and the extremely disturbing allegations surrounding their indictments, the courtroom was packed on Monday with their supporters, according to WRAL.
The male victim, who is now an adult, was also in the courtroom on Monday as the district attorney asked for $75,000 bail for each of them. The judge, who was apparently swayed by the thin blue line, bumped the bail down to $50,000 and the couple quickly posted it and returned home.
The investigation began last year and Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell fired Deputy Medlin following an internal investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with two alleged victims. Medlin was terminated on May 23, 2022. Ami Medlin was suspended on May 16, 2022, by Johnston County Schools.
According to the indictment, “the defendant took indecent liberties with the student victim by: willfully taking and attempting to take immoral, improper, or indecent liberties with the student victim for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire; and by willfully committing and attempting to commit lewd and lascivious acts upon and with the body and any part of member of the body of a student victim.”
It gets worse.
The indictment also stated that the couple did “… knowingly subject and maintain another person/victim, in sexual servitude by engaging in sexual activity with the person/victim… for which a thing of value was directly and indirectly given, promised to and received by, the person/victim, and which conduct was induced and obtained by coercion and deception and that was performed and provided by the person/victim….”
A statement from Johnston County Public Schools states the district, “take[s] any allegations of staff misconduct seriously. Although we cannot discuss the specifics of an investigation into alleged staff misconduct, we can confirm that whenever such allegations arise, our administration responds swiftly, by investigating the allegations and, sometimes, by removing staff from classrooms pending completion of a thorough review. Beyond that, the school system is not at liberty to provide additional information.”
Police sexual misconduct involving children is so prevalent that they are often caught in civilian-run stings too.
Just last year we reported on a top-level official with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department who has been there for 25 years, Sergeant Luis Rios. Rios was busted by the vigilante group People vs. Preds as he tried to meet a 13-year-old boy for sex.
Before that, we reported on a cop out of Charlotte County, Florida. Charlotte County Deputy Marty Allen, 41, was arrested after pedophile hunters caught him in the act of soliciting a child for sexual relations.
We also reported on Officer Clifford Horn, 54, of Chalfont, PA, who was busted by “the Ped Patrol” and his arrest was live-streamed directly to YouTube as he attempted to have sex with a 14-year-old boy.
Just months before that, a vigilante group known as Waits List caught a cop at an elementary school, identified in the video as “Alan Reese.”
Before that, we reported on Stow Police Chief Ralph Marino who was caught on video attempting to meet a boy he thought was 14.
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