An indecent liberties charge against a Loudoun County Public Schools teacher has been dismissed, according to court documents.
The teacher was arrested in late 2018 after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student at Park View High School. The allegations included a sexual relationship.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Joshua Steward said there was a lack of “sufficient evidence to corroborate the allegations."
On Nov. 9, 2018, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office sought charges against the teacher based on allegations from a graduate of Park View High School who alleged that he had a sexual relationship with the instructor while he was a juvenile. The allegations were asserted to be supported by the graduate’s phone and e-mail records, according to Westlake Legal Group, which represented the teacher. The accuser’s mother also claimed that she had copies of supposed incriminating phone and e-mail records.
Investigations by Westlake and the commonwealth, including forensic analysis of cell phones, e-mails and internet records, found no evidence of criminal conduct with the graduate while he was a juvenile and revealed only limited contact, which appeared to be school related. When confronted with the lack of support for the allegations, the graduate’s mother said she had been “bluffing," Westlake representatives said in a news release.
Westlake Legal Group said the teacher consistently maintained innocence.
Steward declined to comment on whether any additional charges related to the incident – including against those who filed the complaint – would be pursued.
Editor's note, Jan. 20, 2020: The name of the teacher has been removed from this story due to the charge being dropped.