Deputy accused by student charged with sex crimes

Alvin Wood

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A school resource officer accused of inappropriately touching a student in Smithfield was formally arrested Wednesday.

10 On Your Side first reported this story in January, when the deputy was put under investigation. The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t say much about what happened or who the suspect was, but is now releasing new information about the case.

Document: Wood arrest warrant

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office confirmed the accused deputy is 47-year-old Alvin Wood, who was assigned to Smithfield High School as a school resource officer. Sheriff Mark Marshall said this is a case of inappropriate touching. Marshall said the student told her friend about an incident. The friend then told her mother immediately, who reported it to the sheriff’s office.

“We’ve talked to a number of different students,” Marshall said. “At this juncture, there are no other incidents that we’re aware of.”

Marshall said Wood was suspended right away.

Deputies began a criminal and administrative investigation. Investigators said they interviewed students, teachers and witnesses in this case. They also said they would be looking at any possible video from the school.

A week later, on January 14, Wood resigned from his position at the sheriff’s office.

After discussing the matter with the Isle of Wight Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, deputies charged Wood with taking indecent liberties with a child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship, and sexual battery. He was arrested Wednesday and booked in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

“When an incident like this happens, it is obviously a violation of the public trust,” Sheriff Mark Marshall said.

Marshall said the allegations in January came as a surprise. Wood had been with an Isle of Wight County deputy for two and a half years. The school system said he had been at Smithfield High School for one year. Marshall said all reports on Wood from within the school had been positive before the allegations surfaced.

“We certainly remain committed to the highest standards of ethics and code of conduct by everybody, and no exceptions,” Marshall said.

Deputies have not said how old the student is. Isle of Wight County Schools would only say the following about the case:

In response to the information just released regarding the arrest of a former School Resource Officer that was previously assigned to Smithfield High School, Isle of Wight County Schools is unable to comment or respond to any inquiries. Since this is an ongoing criminal matter, all questions and concerns should be directed to the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office. Our focus will remain on keeping the instruction and safety of our students as our top priorities.

Wood will be arraigned on Thursday, February 5 at 9 a.m. in General District Court.

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