Police: Pinecrest teacher took indecent liberties with student

Evan Saleeby

SOUTHERN PINES — The Pinecrest High School boys varsity head coach and girls junior varsity soccer coach was arrested Wednesday on allegations of having inappropriate physical contact with a student.

Evan Jerel Saleeby, 31, of 444 W. Palmer St., Raeford, faces a felony charge of taking indecent liberties with a student, according to jail booking records. Saleeby is being held on a $150,000 secured bond. His court date is set for July 14.

A resource officer with Moore County Schools Special Police arrested Saleeby on the charge Wednesday. The offense date is listed as May 14. Saleeby was suspended with pay on May 15 and submitted his resignation on May 18.

Saleeby was on the social studies faculty at Pinecrest and taught world history, civics and economics, according to the school’s website.

The Class I felony applies to “any immoral, improper or indecent liberties with a student” or “committing or attempting to commit any lewd or lascivious act” with a student, but does not include sexual intercourse, N.C. General Statute 14-202.4 states.

This season, Pinecrest was 17-2-3 overall and tied with Richmond for the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. Pinecrest advanced to the third round of the state 4A playoffs, falling to East Forsyth 2-1.

Saleeby, a former soccer player at UNC Pembroke, was named as the head coach at Pinecrest in July 2012. He served as an assistant under Todd Abbey the year before.

During his three-year tenure as head coach at Pinecrest, Saleeby compiled a 52-6-9 record. The Patriots reached the third round of the state playoffs in 2013 and 2014. Pinecrest advanced to the fourth round in Saleeby’s first year on the sideline.