Suspended With Pay Following Arrest, Then Resigns Effective Immediately
A Johnston County school principal was arrested Wednesday afternoon for sexual assault. Glendale-Kenly Elementary School Principal Daniel Cole Yarborough was arrested at his Clayton-area home around 3:00pm today.
On May 22, 2021, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on River Knoll Drive in the River Knoll subdivision off Vinson Road near Clayton for a reported sexual assault. Through the investigation it was discovered Daniel Yarborough, 33, of River Knoll Drive, Clayton had allegedly sexually assaulted a 31 year-old man who lives nearby. It is alleged the assault occurred at the home of the victim.
Yarborough was arrested by sheriff’s detectives without incident and transported to the Johnston County Jail. Yarborough has been charged with felonious second-degree forcible sex offense. He is being held at the Johnston County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond.
The investigation remains ongoing. Authorities declined to release any additional details.
According to the Johnston County Public Schools website, Yarborough has served as the principal at Glendale-Kenly Elementary since July 2017. The link to Mr. Yarborough’s information was removed a short time after his arrest and resignation.
In a statement from JCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy, “Mr. Cole Yarborough was suspended with pay immediately after the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office notified JCPS of his arrest. Mr. Yarborough has subsequently resigned from employment with the Johnston County Public Schools effective immediately.”
This story has been updated.