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Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Facebook Blackmail Sex With Students Case

     On January 11, 2013, a married, 33-year-old Bessemer City, North Carolina high school bus driver contacted school authorities with an unusual complaint. Kwanda Carpenter reported that a pair of high school boys who claimed to have had sex with her were trying to blackmail her for $60.

     According to Facebook messages sent to the bus driver by Malik Ty Mel Moore and Donja Phillips, the high school students threatened to "call the police and report that she had raped them" if she didn't cough-up the sixty bucks.

     Moore and Phillips, when questioned by detectives with the Gaston County Sheriff's Office, accused Carpenter of picking them up in her car at ten o'clock on the night of October 3, 2012. According to the boys, Carpenter drove them to a secluded spot on a dead-end street where she had "sexual contact" with them in the vehicle. After that, she drove them home.

     Following Carpenter's complaint to school officials, they suspended her with pay. (She made $12.91 an hour.)

     On January 16,  five days after Carpenter reported the extortion to the school, police arrested her at home on two counts of sexual activity with a student by school personnel other than a teacher. The magistrate set the bus driver's bail at $5,000.

     Malik Ty Mel Moore and Donja Phillips were charged with blackmail, charges that were later dropped.

     Kwanda Carpenter, when questioned by detectives, denied having had sexual contact with the students.

     On March 7, 2013, Carpenter was indicted on two counts of sexual activity with a student. Five months later, she pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of attempted crimes against nature in return for a suspended sentence.

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