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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office opens investigation into former Dominion High School band director

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into Brian Damron, a former Dominion High School band director accused of having sexual relationships with former students.

Damron, who left Dominion in January 2015, recently resigned from a teaching position in a Jacksonville, Fla., school after an internal investigative report by Duvall County Public Schools substantiated claims that Damron made sexual advances toward a student.

According to the Florida school system’s investigative report, Damron made statements about having relationships with former Dominion students and having to leave the school after being accused of sexual harassment.

The Sheriff’s Office is now investigating allegations against Damron in Loudoun County, according to Kraig Troxell, LCSO public information officer.

“The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is aware of recent accusations against a one-time Loudoun County teacher,” Troxell said. “In recent days, after allegations were made in another jurisdiction, new information has come to our attention and the Loudoun Sheriff's Office has opened up an investigation to determine if any criminal activity took place in Loudoun.”


Related coverage:

-Former LCPS band director accused of making sexual advances toward students

-Dominion principal goes on leave after allegations against former teacher go public


Comments


You’re right, JLW, and I agree with you largely!  I was not referring to defense lawyers necessarily.


PS to my last comment….to Chocolate Dinosaur, as you can tell from my prior comment, this is something I care very much about and I want to see justice done.  HOWEVER, defense attorneys are not “lowlifes”.  They are doing their jobs and that is what makes our justice system work.  Now, if the conduct of the defense attorney is inappropriate, that is a different story, but degrading any attorney just because he/she may represent a predator reflects a misunderstanding of our judicial system and the rights of accused in our country.


Staff are mandatory reporters. According to the first article about this, LCPS knew about the allegations.  I’d like to know whether, as mandatory reporters, they reported ANYTHING to the police at the time they heard about it. Regardless of whether his actions were deemed criminal or possibly unacceptable “harassment” under school policy, it seems like the allegations were substantiated enough for them to force him to resign.  If this is the case, that information should have been conveyed to any potential future employer asking LCPS for a referral. I agree with Jenny Myers that this happens all over and is referred to as “Passing the Trash” but I do expect more from our school district. Our children and children in other states deserve protection.  PA has an anti-passing the trash law which would have required LCPS to say something when giving references if the allegations against this teacher were substantiated.  I’m in the process of learning more about it and plan to work to try to get a similar law passed here in VA.  Until then, I truly hope that this investigation is not only into the allegations, but also of who at LCPS knew of the allegations of abuse and whether any of them reported them to the police which they were legally required to do. If it turns out they did not report it when they heard about it, there should be serious consequences, not only because they failed to protect LCPS students but because their inaction enabled this person to find a new teaching job where he was able to victimize even more students.  A comprehensive investigation is necessary and appropriate consequences must be dealt out to anyone who violated the law.


Let’s be frank. This happens because we, the public, allows it to happen. We have ample evidence this school board and administration is little more than a criminal cartel. They violate conflict of interest laws, they fail to enforce Virginia and federal statutes, they pad the budget numbers, they segregate by class and language, and are never held accountable. They have no clue about some problems because many are simply incapable of managing anything.

Until we look in the mirror and demand they follow laws and ethical norms, it won’t change. There needs to be recalls of some and audits of many LCPS programs and policies. Because the school board is responsible for many of these problems (moving funds from transportation and maintenance to their spouses salaries), such audits cannot be overseen by the board.

What will it take for each of you to finally demand accountability? Does it require a student being raped or killed? Obviously, the present issues were not enough.


It’s called “passing the trash,” and is done everywhere. To think LCPS is any different is naive.

From an Oregon newspaper story—

“It would take months for the agency that licenses Oregon teachers to discipline a Salem-area teacher for inappropriately touching at least eight girls.

“To get Kenneth John Cushing, then 44, away from Claggett Creek Middle School students immediately, administrators cut him a deal: If Cushing resigned, they would conceal his alleged conduct — clutching students’ waists, touching their buttocks and massaging their shoulders — from the public.

“Cushing signed the pact — obtained by The Oregonian through public records requests — with Salem-Keizer Public Schools in 2004, and officials promised not to reveal the teacher’s behavior if potential employers called looking for a reference. They would attribute his departure to ‘personal reasons,’ the document reads, and make ‘no reference to this agreement.’

“Salem’s deal is just one of 47 similar confidential settlement agreements obtained or confirmed by the newspaper.”

“During the past five years, nearly half of Oregon teachers disciplined for sexual misconduct with a child left their school districts with confidential agreements. Most, like Cushing’s, promised to keep alleged abuse quiet. Some promised cash settlements, health insurance and letters of recommendation as incentives for a resignation.

“The practice is so widespread, school officials across the country call it ‘passing the trash.’”

Notice how often “personal reasons” is referenced in the articles about Brian Damron.


It’s called “passing the trash,” and is done everywhere. To think LCPS is any different is naive.

From an Oregon newspaper story—

“It would take months for the agency that licenses Oregon teachers to discipline a Salem-area teacher for inappropriately touching at least eight girls.

“To get Kenneth John Cushing, then 44, away from Claggett Creek Middle School students immediately, administrators cut him a deal: If Cushing resigned, they would conceal his alleged conduct — clutching students’ waists, touching their buttocks and massaging their shoulders — from the public.

“Cushing signed the pact — obtained by The Oregonian through public records requests — with Salem-Keizer Public Schools in 2004, and officials promised not to reveal the teacher’s behavior if potential employers called looking for a reference. They would attribute his departure to ‘personal reasons,’ the document reads, and make ‘no reference to this agreement.’

“Salem’s deal is just one of 47 similar confidential settlement agreements obtained or confirmed by the newspaper.”

“During the past five years, nearly half of Oregon teachers disciplined for sexual misconduct with a child left their school districts with confidential agreements. Most, like Cushing’s, promised to keep alleged abuse quiet. Some promised cash settlements, health insurance and letters of recommendation as incentives for a resignation.

“The practice is so widespread, school officials across the country call it ‘passing the trash.’”

Notice how often “personal reasons” is referenced in the articles about Brian Damron.

They call it “passing the trash,” and it’s a common policy that lets child abusers resign and move to another district


It’s not the role of LCPS to decide what is or is not criminal, especially in something like this.  Any kind of information that pointed into any kind of sexual contact or relationship should have been turned over immediately and investigated…by law enforcement and not the LCPS.  All the schools have an SRO, so it would be easy to start the investigation.  Maybe this is a problem in and of itself, that the schools feel they don’t want to act as an agent of law enforcement and don’t report? Who knows?


Everyone seems to think this is an anomaly. No—

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/10/01/how-educators-find-new-jobs-after-alleged-sexual-misconduct/TpwwzQkFmRNbrENTmzfluJ/story.html


I think it’s too late “ChocolateDinosaur this is all unraveling quickly for LCPS.


One must always remember, it is LCPS’s mission to protect their system and not the children.  This just proves it (again).


The investigation should extend to the personnel department of LCPS.  CA Plowman prosecuted an asst principal for handling a sexting incident between students in house.  Here, you have potentially sexual misconduct by a teacher.  If there are substantial allegations, how can LCPS not turn this over to the sheriff?


I do believe that Damron’s behavior was predatory - but whether it crossed over the legal line is the issue. I can only assume (rightly or wrongly) that LCPS’s legal department decided not to provide information for the LCSO to work with at the time.
It is easy to look back and evaluate the teacher based on the new information from Florida, but LCPS had to make a decision based on the information they had at the time. It may not have been enough to proceed legally.


Nothing to see here!  I’m sure some lowlife will come and defend this predator and the decision by LCPS to try and sweep this under the rug.

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