Former Lake Norman HS teacher charged with statutory rape of child

- A former Lake Norman High School teacher has been arrested on charges of statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child, according to Gaston County jail records. 

Jonathan Conrad Busch, 54, of Mooresville, was arrested in Gaston County Thursday and charged with two counts of statutory rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

According to Principal Keith Gentle with Lake Norman High School, Busch was a former employee of the Iredell-Statesville Schools system. 

A concerned parent sent FOX 46 Charlotte this letter, written by Principal Gentle: 

"Dear Lake Norman High School Parents:

This letter is to inform you of an incident that we recently became aware of that affects our school.  I want to ensure you are given accurate information and dispel any potential rumors.

I was notified that one of our teachers, Mr. Jonathan Busch, has been charged with four counts of sexual offenses in Gaston County.  Mr. Busch has cooperated with the authorities, however, due to the nature of these allegations, he has tendered his resignation as a teacher in Iredell-Statesville Schools. 

Though the charges against Mr. Busch are extremely serious, I can assure you that the alleged incidents did not occur on the campus of Lake Norman High School nor involved any current or former Lake Norman High School students.

Again, I wanted to ensure you received this information from Lake Norman High School and that you are aware of actions related to this incident.  While I am unable to answer any more specific questions about the charges against Mr. Busch due to NC state personnel laws, I am happy to address any other questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you for your support of Lake Norman High School."

No word on when or where the sexual assaults actually occurred. 

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

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