Skyline teacher’s hearing postponed

FRONT ROYAL — A preliminary hearing for  former Skyline High School teacher Stephen Bretsh, who is accused of having sexual relationships with two of his female students, has been postponed to June 29 in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton filed a motion on Wednesday to continue the hearing to the later date, saying that the investigation is ongoing, and both the prosecution and Bretsh’s attorney, Steven Duckett, are waiting for lab results from that evidence, the motion reads.

“This evidence and ongoing discovery will benefit both parties’ trial preparations,” Layton wrote in the motion. Judge William Sharp granted the prosecution’s motion.

According to the criminal complaint, Bretsh, 33, of Haymarket, had sexual intercourse with one of his female students on two separate occasions between March 1 and June 30, 2016 at the school, and two of his students, including the aforementioned student, once performed oral sex together on Bretsh in a school classroom during that same period.

Bretsh was charged in March with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. He was originally held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, but has been out on $10,000 secured bond since March 10.

Under the conditions of his bond, he must avoid all communication with the alleged victims or any other students at Skyline High School. He is also barred from contacting any unrelated females under 18 without another adult present; his girlfriend’s daughter is considered related under terms of the bond document. Additionally, Bretsh is not allowed to enter Warren County except for legal procedures, and he had to surrender his passport to the court.

The four offenses Bretsh has been charged with each carry a maximum sentence of five years.

Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or bbrown@nvdaily.com