BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Ritchie teacher arrested again

PENNSBORO – The Ritchie County High School special education teacher charged with sexually abusing a student has been arrested again after a second alleged victim came forward, officials said.

David Peter Weekley, 43, of 2323 Gnats Run Road, Pennsboro, was arrested on Friday on charges of second-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual abuse, said Lt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police.

A former male student came forward on Thursday night with additional information alleging that Weekley sexually abused and assaulted him, said Cpl. J.L. Brewer with the State Police’s Harrisville Detachment.

The former student, now 19, came forward after seeing reports about the first sexual abuse charges filed against Weekley, Brewer said.

Details about the allegations that led to the new charges were unavailable Friday evening.

Weekley was originally arrested on Wednesday on charges of second-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of abuse by a parent or custodian, Baylous said. He was initially arraigned Wednesday in Ritchie County Magistrate Court, where bond was set at $100,000.

Magistrate clerk Janis Mahaney said Weekley posted bond and was released until a preliminary hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. March 6.

Weekley was arrested the second time at his home Friday morning and arraigned in Ritchie County Magistrate Court, Brewer said. Weekley was released on a $50,000 bond on Friday.

State Police are asking anyone with additional information concerning the investigation to contact Brewer at 304-643-2101.

According to the first criminal complaint from magistrate court, the investigation on the first set of charges began on Feb. 7, when Brewer took a complaint from the school system regarding the first student.

During the first complaint, a male student at the high school told Brewer that during December, Weekley had taken him to a closet in the auditorium to straighten it up. Inside the closet, the first victim said the teacher touched him inappropriately and performed a sex act on him, Brewer said.

According to the first complaint, on Jan. 17, the first victim reported the teacher allegedly asked him to come back into the classroom after others were dismissed. Weekley locked the door and kept the first student inside for 90 minutes, during which he allegedly inappropriately touched the youth, Brewer said.

Ritchie County Schools Superintendent Ed Toman said Wednesday the district will thoroughly investigate the allegations and “appropriate action will be taken.”

“It is anticipated that I will make an initial personnel recommendation to the board on March 10 at our regular meeting,” he said.

That meeting is slated for 6 p.m. at the board office in Harrisville.

Toman said the teacher who is accused is a different individual than the David Weekley who serves as the district’s director of student support services.