VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach detectives with the department’s Special Victims Unit arrested a Kellam High School teacher for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Police arrested George Brown, 28, of the 400 block of Back Acres Court, and charged him with one count of custodial indecent liberties.
According to a Virginia Beach Police press release, the investigation began after a female student, between 16-17 years in age, came forward to report the incident. James Cason with Virginia Beach Police said the department was made aware of the report Tuesday, May 19 and made the arrest the same day. The investigation determined that between January and April of this year, the teacher and student were engaged in an inappropriate relationship, police said.
Police say they do not know of any other victims, at this time.
Brown was hired at Kellam High Aug. 30, 2010. He additionally taught at Ocean Lakes High in the 2011-2012 school year.
Kellam’s website lists him as a tech ed teacher. Students at the school told WAVY.com Brown was a cool teacher, the teacher you would choose for study hall. They said they could hardly believe he had been arrested.
According to Virginia Beach City Public Schools officials, Brown is currently suspended without pay. They said they will conduct an investigation, as they do any time a teacher is arrested.
Lauren Nolasco with Virginia Beach Schools released this statement addressing why the school did not notify parents of Brown’s arrest:
While we understand parents may have preferred to hear of the arrest of Mr. Brown from Kellam administration, we hope they understand that an ongoing police investigation limits the amount of information the school can release. In addition, issuing a schoolwide alert without detailed information can lead to widespread speculation and increased anxiety. It was a conscious decision that the best course of action was to field questions and concerns individually rather than relying on a schoolwide alert.
A Kellam High School parent told 10 On Your Side the school hadn’t sent out any emails or alerts to inform parents of the arrest. Nolasco told WAVY.com the reason for that was because the situation is an ongoing police investigation and personnel matter.
Brown was being held in Virginia Beach City Jail.
Virginia Beach Police is asking anyone with information on this case to contact the Special Victims Unit at 757-385-4101.