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Fairmont teacher accused in sexual abuse of student

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- An East Fairmont High School driver's education teacher was arrested Wednesday, after police say he sexually abused a 17-year-old female student on several occasions.

Michael J. Waller, 29, of Fairmont, was charged with four counts of sexual abuse by a person of trust.

On Tuesday, State Police Sgt. Adam Scott got a call from a pastor in Clarksburg who said the alleged victim spoke of a sexual relationship with a teacher at East Fairmont High School.

The pastor said the victim and the victim's mother didn't know where to turn, so the pastor felt it was her duty to report it to police, according to a criminal complaint filed in Marion County Magistrate Court.

Scott called the victim's mother, who acknowledged that her daughter had at least one sexual encounter with Waller when she was supposed to be spending the night at a friend's house.

The victim told State Police troopers Wednesday that Waller had been her driver's education teacher the year before and that she knew him from school. They began talking to each other at school earlier this year before chatting on Facebook and through text messages, according to the complaint.

Waller allegedly told the victim "he could get arrested and needed to wait" before pursuing anything with the victim. However in late May, the victim said she drove to meet Waller at his house in Pleasant Valley when she was at a friend's house. The victim said nothing sexual happened between her and Waller, but that they kissed and slept in the same bed, according to the complaint; the next day, Waller drove the victim back to her car.

About a week later, the victim met with Waller again at his house and they allegedly had sex. Waller returned the teenager to her car the next day and said "she couldn't text about what happened between them because he could get into trouble," according to the complaint. He allegedly told the victim to lie about what happened if her parents ever found out.

The victim met with Waller several times after that, according to the complaint. She went on to tell police that her two friends knew about their inappropriate relationship because Waller had bought them alcohol once.

Waller was arraigned in Marion County Magistrate Court and released on a $100,000 cash or surety bail.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.

 

 


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