A former Randolph County Schools teacher who faces 56 charges in connection with sexual contact with or illegal photography of students turned himself in to deputies today, according to a news release.
In December, deputies charged Hazem Moustafa Eldara, 54, of 350 Stowe Ave., in Asheboro, with taking indecent liberties with a student. Eldara posted bail and was released.
Further investigation led to authorities on Feb. 3 to charge Eldara with 19 more counts of taking indecent liberties with a student, 18 counts of using a photographic imaging device to view others and 18 charges of possession of a photographic image obtained in violation of secret peeping statute, according to a news release.
The continuing investigation led deputies to seize several digital media devices, according to the news release. Searches of the devices helped deputies identify seven more victims, according to the sheriff’s office. All but one are current or former students of Eldara, who taught math to students in the ninth through 12th grades. The eighth victim is an adult who worked at Randleman High School with Eldara, deputies said.
Deputies did not arrest Eldara earlier because they thought he had left the country, according to the release.
Eldara is being held on $2.75 million bail at the Randolph County jail.