Investigators arrested 57-year-old Ralph Surridge after an administrator with the Forsyth County School District received a tip that the teacher was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Surridge is a drama teacher at Mineral Springs Middle School in Winston-Salem.
Investigators charged Surridge with a statutory sexual offense against a student who is either 13, 14 or 15-years-old. He also faces charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Investigators charged Surridge with five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to police, Surridge served six months in jail for embezzlement and forgery in 1985.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday that Superintendent Don Martin said Surridge may have lied on his application to work in the school system. According to the newspaper, Surridge never indicated he had been convicted of a felony on his application and a criminal record search by the school system only turned up that he was found not guilty on a charge of forgery and uttering.
Surridge is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under a $2 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 6.
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