WMBF reported how a former substitute teacher in Robeson County has been arrested and is now facing multiple charges related to sex crimes involving a student from South Robeson Middle School, located at 3268 S Robeson Rd, Rowland, NC 28383, during the 2022-2023 academic year.
The suspect, identified as 32-year-old David Goins, was taken into custody on Friday, February 2, 2024. The allegations against Goins involve his purported relationship with a minor. The victim, a 7th-grade student at the time, was allegedly subjected to inappropriate conduct by Goins. Shockingly, Goins is currently serving as a non-faculty coach at the very same school.
Authorities have filed several charges against Goins, including statutory rape of a person between the ages of 13 and 15 by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim, statutory sexual offense of a person between 13 and 15 years old by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim, sexual activity with a student, indecent liberties with a student, and indecent liberties with a child.
Sheriff Burnis Wilkins of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office expressed his disgust at the nature of the crimes, particularly when they involve children. He stated, "Investigations such as this that involve children are simply disgusting. This suspect was in a position of influence over a 7th-grade student and utilized that position in taking advantage of it for his own desires. I have personally seen much of the evidence in this case, and it is sad and disturbing, and as I stated in a previous case, the evidence speaks for itself."
Following his arrest, Goins is currently being held at the Robeson County Detention Center on a substantial $3 million bond. The sheriff's office is urging any other students or former students who may have been victimized by Goins to come forward and contact them. Sheriff Wilkins also emphasized the importance of parents talking to their children about this incident and assuring them that help is available if they have been victimized.
Goins is scheduled to appear in court on February 5, 2024. As the legal proceedings progress, the community remains deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of its children and is eager to see justice served in this disturbing case.
In the wake of the recent arrest of a former substitute teacher facing sex crimes charges with minors in Robeson County, the need for justice and support for the victims and their families becomes paramount. To shed light on the legal options available, we had the privilege of speaking with Kristen Beightol, Esq., an experienced school sex abuse attorney based in North Carolina. In this exclusive interview, Attorney Beightol shares insights into civil cases against liable parties, including middle schools, providing guidance and advice for sex abuse victims and their families seeking justice.
Editor Darla Medina (DM): Welcome, Ms. Beightol.
Attorney Kristen Beightol (KB): Thank you, Darla. It's a pleasure to be here and discuss this crucial issue.
DM: In cases like this, where a former substitute teacher is accused of sex crimes with minors, what options do the victims and their families have when it comes to pursuing civil cases?
KB: When it comes to civil cases in cases of school sexual abuse, victims and their families may have legal recourse against various liable parties, including the middle school involved. It's important to consult with an experienced sexual abuse attorney who can guide them through the legal process.
DM: Could you expand on the potential liability of the middle schools in such cases?
KB: Certainly. Middle schools, as educational institutions, have a duty of care towards their students. If it can be proven that the school was aware of any suspicious behavior or failed to take appropriate action to protect the students, they may be held liable for negligence. This could include inadequate background checks during hiring or failing to address complaints or red flags regarding the substitute teacher's conduct.
DM: What steps should families take if they believe their child may have been a victim of sexual abuse at school?
KB: First and foremost, it's crucial to ensure the child's safety and well-being. Reporting the incident to the authorities, such as the local law enforcement or child protective services, is vital. It's also important to seek medical attention for the child and provide emotional support.
From a legal standpoint, speaking with a qualified sexual abuse attorney is essential. They can help navigate the complexities of the legal system, guide families through the investigative process, and advocate for their rights.
DM: Are there any statutes of limitations or time limits that families should be aware of when considering a civil case?
KB: Statutes of limitations vary from state to state and can be complex in cases of sexual abuse. It's best to consult an attorney promptly to understand the specific limitations that may apply in their situation. In North Carolina, for example, there are certain exceptions for cases involving minors that extend the statute of limitations.
DM: Thank you for providing such valuable insights, Ms. Beightol. Is there any additional advice you would like to share with our readers?
KB: It's important for victims and their families to know that they are not alone. There is support available, both legally and emotionally. It's crucial to encourage open communication with children, educate them about appropriate boundaries, and let them know that help is available if they have been victimized.
DM: Thank you, Ms. Beightol, for joining us today and shedding light on this important matter. We appreciate your time and expertise.
KB: Thank you, Darla. It was my pleasure to contribute to this crucial discussion.