By Clint Parker
North Buncombe – On Wednesday, November 13th, at 6 pm, Keith William Grandy, an English teacher at North Buncombe High School, was arrested and charged with two counts of sex acts with a student and taken into custody by a Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputy at 60 Court Plaza in Asheville.
According to a press release, “a search warrant was executed on Mr. Grandy’s [Weaverville] residence on the evening of November 13th.” However, the statement did not say what law enforcement was looking for. His bond was set at $65,000.
Grandy, 37, was arrested and charged with two counts of NCGS 14-27.32(A) which reads: “If a defendant, who is a teacher, school administrator, student-teacher, school safety officer, or coach, at any age, or who is other school personnel, and who is at least four years older than the victim engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with a victim who is a student, at any time during or after the time the defendant and victim were present together in the same school, but before the victim ceases to be a student, the defendant is guilty of a Class G felony, except when the defendant is lawfully married to the student. The term “same school” means a school at which the student is enrolled and the defendant is employed, assigned, or volunteers.” Grandy was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, November 14th.
According to the press release, “Grandy has been suspended from his teaching duties by Buncombe County Schools since the onset of our investigation. These criminal acts did not take place on the school campus. When school administrators learned of the allegations, the case was immediately turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.”
Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller stated in the statement, “Thank you to our team of Detectives at the Sheriff’s Office for their investigative work to bring charges against Mr. Grandy. We would also like to thank Buncombe County Schools for their cooperation with this investigation.”
The warrant for Grandy’s arrest was issued on November 8th according to the arrest report, which means that the investigation into the allegations of sex acts with a student occurred on or before that date.
A search of the North Buncombe High School’s website the day after Grandy’s arrest revealed no trace of Grandy on the North Buncombe High School staff, but the Tribune did get the information from the site on the day of his arrest here is text from his staff page:
Welcome to Grandyland!
I grew up in the small town of Vero Beach, Florida. After graduating from Vero Beach High School, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a James M. Johnston Scholar. Upon graduating in 2005, I worked with the Head Start program in Chapel Hill as a Teacher Assistant in a Pre-Kindergarten program for underprivileged children. I then returned to UNC to receive my Masters Degree in order to achieve my goal of becoming a high school teacher.
I taught at East Chapel Hill High School for 2 years, Madison Middle School for 1 year, and have been at North Buncombe High School for 1 year. I am proud and excited to be a teacher at North Buncombe High School. While I have only been here for a short time, I already feel as if I am part of a caring community. North Carolina has provided me with many wonderful experiences, and I am happy to make it my home.
B.A. English Literature with Honors and Distinction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
M.A.T. Secondary English Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
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