School counselor resigns after theft arrest

By: By Corey Friedman - [email protected]

HAMLET — A woman facing shoplifting charges in Moore County has resigned as a Hamlet Middle School guidance counselor, school officials said Monday.

Brooke Stebbins Dawkins submitted her resignation July 14, Richmond County Schools spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin said. She is no longer employed by the county school system.

Dawkins, 34, of Fairway Drive in Rockingham, was arrested the evening of July 1 at the Belk store in Southern Pines’ Pinecrest Plaza shopping center on charges of misdemeanor larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Southern Pines police report states.

Officer D. Harris wrote that Dawkins left the store after concealing $208.95 worth of merchandise — measuring cups, a bed skirt, a Keurig coffee holder, a Yankee candle, a khaki shirt and a green valance.

Dawkins had been employed by Richmond County Schools since July 29, 2003 and had worked as a guidance counselor since 2007, Thublin said.

She first served as a guidance counselor at Mineral Springs Elementary and moved to Hamlet Middle in August 2011.

Both the larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges are Class 1 misdemeanors that carry presumptive sentences of up to 45 days of community punishment. Convictions would not result in an active jail sentence for a defendant with no prior criminal record.

Dawkins is scheduled to appear in Moore County District Court on the charges July 28. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Tom Embrey, staff writer for The Pilot of Southern Pines, contributed to this story. Reach Editor Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670 and follow him on Twitter @corey_friedman.

By Corey Friedman

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