Rock Ridge High School English teacher Eugene Legg has been placed on leave following accusations of sexual misconduct at his former workplace.
A recently released independent investigation by Washington, D.C. law firm Crowell & Moring LLP named Legg as one of eight former teachers to have reportedly engaged in inappropriate conduct with students at Maret School, a private K-12 school in D.C. where Legg served as a teacher and administrator from 1974 until his termination in 1989. He began teaching in Loudoun County in 1995.
According to a Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman, Legg taught at Loudoun County High School from 1995 until 2005 and Briar Woods from 2005 through 2016 before starting at Rock Ridge.
The report lists three first-hand reports of sexual relationships between Legg and his students, as well as multiple reports of other inappropriate relationships.
Legg’s relationship with his first victim, who is referred to in the report as “EL Victim 1,” reportedly began during her junior year of high school in the mid-1970s when he was her drama coach. Legg would give her rides home from school, and their relationship became sexual after Legg subsequently invited her into his apartment.
EL Victim 1’s account was corroborated by Legg’s second alleged victim — “EL Victim 2” — who claims to have had a year-long sexual relationship with Legg around the same time as EL Victim 1. Per EL Victim 2’s request, details of her relationship with Legg were not disclosed in the report.
The third first-hand account involves Legg’s relationship with “EL Victim 3,” who graduated Maret in the late 1980s and claims Legg “groomed” her throughout her time at the school, developing an emotional relationship with her before their relationship became physical after her high school graduation. The report describes how EL Victim 3, starting in her sophomore year, would often stay at school after hours — sometimes as late as 7 p.m. — talking to Legg, who would confide in her about his personal life, parents, youth and marriage, and would occasionally give her rides home.
Legg’s alleged relationship with EL Victim 3 became “intensely intimate [and] emotional” over the next couple of years, and she claims Legg told her that he loved her about a month before her graduation. Two weeks after her graduation, their relationship became physical, as the two “eventually ended up ‘making out’ and fondling each other in his car.”
A number of second- and third-hand accounts were given regarding a fourth victim who graduated in the late 1980s, “EL Victim 4,” though the details of this alleged relationship — described only as “boundary-crossing” and “physical” — are not included in the report. Other second- and third-hand accounts of inappropriate conduct with at least two other students are detailed.
When asked about EL Victim 1, Legg claimed he did not recall a physical relationship, though he did remember a number of details about her. When asked about EL Victim 3, he said, “I love [her]. She was a great student, a great kid … an amazingly good writer,” but he did “not recall having a physical relationship with her.” He reported having once engaged in misconduct with EL Victim 4, which he attributed to his alcoholism. Legg reported that he has been sober for 31 years after having gone into treatment during his time at Maret.
Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams sent two emails to parents concerning the matter, one Friday and one Saturday.
“We are aware of no allegations of misconduct during [Legg’s] tenure at LCPS nor any active law enforcement investigations, and we are seeking more information,” Friday’s letter said. He assured recipients that LCPS conducts background checks on all prospective hires and that the safety of students and staff is its top priority.
In Saturday’s email, Williams announced that Legg had been placed on leave to await completion of a full review.
“This teacher will not be at his assigned school on Monday morning or for the foreseeable future. We will provide additional information about this situation when possible,” Williams wrote.