A Pitt County principal is returning to work after assault charges filed against him were dismissed.
Pitt County Schools released the following statement this afternoon, "As of Nov. 25, 2019, we can confirm that all charges have been dismissed against Maurice Harris, and he will be returning to work as Principal of North Pitt High School, where he has had a long history of success and support. We take all allegations involving students and staff members very seriously, and we support the investigative processes that have led to the dismissal of charges and to the reinstatement of Mr. Harris. We ask that the public understand that internal and external investigations of any school matter take time and that all individuals deserve due process in the meantime."
No additional details were provided by the school system.
Pitt County District Court records show Harris' case was on today's docket. District Attorney Faris Dixon was unavailable for comment this afternoon.
A Pitt County Sheriff's Office spokesman said he had no details about the dismissal.
A Pitt County Schools administrator is out on bond after he was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a student on Oct. 1, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Maurice Harris, 43, of 598 South Square Drive, Winterville, was charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor, and was given a $1,000 bond, which he has since posted.
According to sheriff’s office news release, on Oct. 2, an allegation was made to a school resource officer with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office that Harris assaulted a 15-year-old boy about 4 p.m. on Oct. 1 in a hallway outside the school’s office.
Warrants obtained on Wednesday indicate Harris grabbed the student by the collar, took him to the floor and struck the student with a knee to his upper body and face.
The sheriff’s office said an investigation began after the incident and a representative of Pitt County Schools was made aware of the investigation.
Pitt County Schools officials could not be reached on Wednesday to comment on the incident.
Following the investigation, a news release said that evidence was presented to the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office.
An assistant district attorney concluded that the case would be prosecuted and advised the deputy to secure a warrant for Harris’ arrest, the release said.
Harris was served outside of Pitt County, the release said.