NEW KENT, VA (WWBT) – A New Kent County High School teacher and coach was arrested Monday on a warrant for crimes involving a child.
New Kent teacher, coach arrested on charges involving minor
Matthew Spencer Duckworth was taken into custody at 8:30 a.m., the New Kent County Sheriffs Office said.
The school system informed us they had a situation they were uncomfortable with and passed it on to a school resource officer who turned it over to our investigation, McLaughlin said.
Duckworth was indicted Nov. 19 on five charges of use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.
The sheriffs office said the charges involved one victim and Duckworth is no longer employed by the school.
This is extremely disturbing. We send our kids to school expecting them to be safe and avoid these type of situations trusting in our teachers and unfortunately these situations are happening more frequently across the nation, McLaughlin said.
Court records say that Duckworth exposed his sexual or genital parts” to a girl between 15 and 17 years old.
According to the schools website, Duckworth coached girls field hockey coach and the Scholastic Bowl team.
The indictment says Duckworth used an electronic communication device to expose his genitals to a juvenile he knew or had reason to believe was under 18 years old.
The Sheriff says there were several inappropriate images sent by the educator but at this point they dont believe their relationship was physical.
It just cant happen. I mean its just not right, Former New Kent High School Student Eric Baker said.
Its shocking to me. Im very shocked to hear that news and I hope they get to the bottom of it and keep our children safe, Resident Gillian Barney said.
We certainly are anticipating that we will have more reports, they may not rise to the level of criminal but we do anticipate other people reporting uncomfortable situations or unusual contact, McLaughlin said.