Warren teacher investigation lists sex offenses

FRONT ROYAL – A search warrant describes the outlines of a law enforcement investigation into a Warren County High School teacher suspected of sexual activity with an underage student in her classroom and home.

The teacher has submitted her resignation effective June 30 and was placed on administrative leave at the outset of the investigation. Superintendent Greg Drescher has said the teacher has not been on school grounds since the investigation began April 14.

The teacher has not been charged. The Northern Virginia Daily is not identifying her by name unless authorities file charges against her.

The search warrant affidavit filed in Warren County Circuit Court states that the male student stated in an interview that the sexual activity began in January with kissing and fondling on five separate occasions in the teacher’s classroom.

The affidavit also states that the student “disclosed that after these encounters, he was invited to (the teacher’s) residence … in Front Royal and engaged in sexual intercourse with (her) during school hours.”

The affidavit states the visits to the teacher’s residence were at her invitation.

The search warrant affidavit, written by Investigator Amy McDonald of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, states that “there was communication between the teacher and (the student) via text and Snapchat related to these encounters. During the course of the investigation, this item was removed from (the teacher’s) classroom. It is unknown if it belongs to (the teacher) or the school. The school gave consent to search the items that belong to Warren County High.”

The search warrant shows a list of 19 electronic and telecommunications devices seized by the Sheriff’s Office at the teacher’s home. The items include: a digital camera; miscellaneous handwritten documents; paperwork related to electronic communications; cell phones; a handwritten statement; thumb drives; a disposable camera; a video CD; a video recorder.

The affidavit states that the investigation began with a report from the Department of Social Services of “a sexual assault regarding a teacher from Warren County High School.”

The search warrant states it was issued “in relation” to the offenses described as aggravated sexual battery; taking indecent liberties with a child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship; and use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

All of the offenses are felonies carrying prison sentences ranging from no more than one year to as many as 20 years.

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said the investigation is continuing.

“Everyday we get closer and closer, and we’re just hoping to come to a conclusion at some point,” McEathron said. “But these things you don’t rush into. You want to make sure everything is accurate and can be proved in a court of law.”

A phone message seeking comment from Drescher was not returned.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com