A 51-year-old Carroll County High School teacher has been arrested and charged with sex offenses involving a student.
According to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Donnie Spangler, Jeff D. Sexton, 51, of Wytheville, was charged Aug. 24 and arrested Aug. 25 with taking indecent liberties with a child while in a custodial or supervisory relationship with a child under 18 years of age. Sexton was taken to New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin and released on a $5,000 secured bond, Spangler said.
Spangler said the offenses are alleged to have taken place from May at the end of the previous school year to August at the start of the current school year. Spangler declined to release the name and age of the alleged victim, noting that it involved a juvenile. Sexton is a 9th grade history teacher at Carroll County High School according to Carroll County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Strader Blankenship.
Blankenship did not comment on any disciplinary action the school system has taken against Sexton, calling it a personnel issue. Spangler said the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case with the help of the Carroll County School System and said there is a possibility more charges could be pending. He added that the case would be heard in Carroll Juvenile & Domestic Court.
The full press release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office follows:
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office advises that Jeff D. Sexton, age 51, was arrested on a Class 6 Felony based on substantiated evidence received from an anonymous report charging that while being 18 years of age or over and maintaining a custodial or supervisory relationship with a child under 18 years of age and lascivious intent, knowingly and intentionally propose that such child fondle the accused’s sexual or genital parts.