A Loudoun County Public Schools teacher was arrested Friday and charged with simple assault and battery after he allegedly kissed a juvenile student on the cheek and mouth on more than one occasion.
Robert A. Skiffington, 64, of Centreville, is a second-grade teacher at Sugarland Elementary School in Sterling. He was charged with the misdemeanor today after an investigation found he kissed the student numerous times over the past school year, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say the incidents came to light on May 15 when it was reported that Skiffington had inappropriate contact with the student at school. The incident was brought to the attention of school staff who notified a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer. The investigation was conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit in coordination with the Loudoun County commonwealth’s attorney’s office.
Skiffington was released on a $3,500 unsecured bond from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
Sugarland Principal Gail Brady released the following statement to the school community Friday:
"Today, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) arrested one of our teachers, Robert Skiffington, who was charged with simple assault, a Class I misdemeanor. According to the Sheriff’s Office, an investigation determined that Mr. Skiffington “kissed a juvenile student on the cheek and mouth on more than one occasion during the past school year . . . Skiffington was released on a $3,500 unsecured bond from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.” The terms of the bond prohibit him from having contact with people under the age of 18. The arrest was not made on our campus. LCPS is in the process of executing a “no trespass” letter to Mr. Skiffington. Although LCPS has not received any information to indicate that Mr. Skiffington might attempt to return to campus, additional security personnel will be on campus through the end of the school year in order to provide a reassuring presence.
On the morning of May 15, we received information that we shared that morning with the LCSO and Child Protective Services. Mr. Skiffington was placed on leave that morning and has not been at Sugarland since. He will remain on leave.
A former Sugarland teacher has taken over Mr. Skiffington’s second-grade class and will continue to teach the class until the end of the school year.
I am hosting a parent meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3, in the school cafeteria to discuss this matter. Our parent liaison will attend in order to translate. This meeting is limited to the parents and guardians of current Sugarland students so that we have the opportunity to talk with one another in a way that focuses on the needs of our students and school community."