A former Cedarville Middle School principal and Van Buren School District teacher was arrested Oct. 5 for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a minor female.
Christopher Lee Ross, 27, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Crawford County court records.
According to the affidavit for Ross’ arrest warrant, Ross is accused of texting and chatting with a Van Buren student in July and encouraging her to sneak out of her house July 15 to meet him.
Ross then picked up the girl in his vehicle and they drove around together, according to the affidavit. Ross “at one point” grabbed the victim and kissed her, before dropping her off to meet with her friends, the affidavit states.
Crawford County circuit court issued the bench warrant Sept. 30 along with an order for Ross to have no contact with the victim. The no contact order was served to Ross at the time of his arrest, according to court records.
Ross was a teacher with Van Buren School District before he was hired as the Cedarville Middle School principal for the 2016-17 school year. He resigned his position at Cedarville in August.
Ross bonded out of jail on a $1,500 signature bond, according to court records.
Arraignment for Ross is set for Wednesday at 8 a.m. Ross is being represented by attorney Jacob Howell, said Crawford County Prosecutor Marc McCune.