Felon With Fake Credentials Hired As Johnston County School Teacher, Coach

How well does Johnston County Schools check out the credentials of teachers they place in classrooms with our children?  The school systems academic integrity has been called into question after a convicted felon reportedly faked his credentials and became a teacher and coach at a Johnston County high school.

Torians Adaryll Hughes was reportedly hired as a substitute teacher and a coach at Cleveland High School.  Later he became a full-time teacher. By all accounts he was doing a good job instructing his class and performing above average as an assistant football coach for the Cleveland High School Rams.

Last October, Hughes resigned from his position after school officials learned his credentials were fake. Following an 8 month investigation by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office,  Hughes was arrested last Thursday.

Officials said Hughes resume contained fake diplomas and transcripts.  The alleged conman didn’t have a bachelor’s degree and wasn’t credentialed to be a teacher.  He was also a felon.

Hughes was charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.  The 40 year-old Garner man was given a $15,000 bond after his June 20th arrest.

Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said numerous search warrants were obtained during their investigation into Hughes.

JoCoReport has reached out to Johnston County School officials for a comment. As of our news deadline today (Monday) they had not replied.

We were able to reach School Board Member Ronald Johnson Monday afternoon. Johnson said, “I take the integrity of our academic programs very seriously and I want to thank the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office for all their hard work.”