Weekley charges headed to grand jury

HARRISVILLE – Charges made against a Ritchie County High School teacher will be headed to the grand jury in June.

David Peter Weekley, 43, of 2323 Gnats Run Road, Pennsboro, appeared in Ritchie County Magistrate Court Thursday to answer allegations from two students claiming he sexually abused and assaulted them.

Ritchie County Prosecutor Steve A. Jones said the first set of allegations against Weekley were dismissed in a preliminary hearing Thursday in Ritchie County Magistrate Court. Those charges were second-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a person in authority.

“They were dismissed on the state’s motion and we will do an indictment with the grand jury in June,” Jones said.

However, a second set of accusations were not dismissed. Jones said the magistrate found probable cause for the charges. In the second case the charges against Weekley are second-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual abuse.

Weekley’s bond was set at $50,000. He has been released from the $100,000 bond in the first set of charges.

According to court records, Weekley was arrested Feb. 26 after a complaint was made by a student at the high school. The student said Weekley assaulted him in December 2013 and again on Jan. 14, 2014.

On Feb. 27, state police received a complaint from a second alleged victim and Weekley was arrested for a second time Feb. 28.

According to court records, a male student at the high school told state police that sometime during December, Weekley had taken him to a closet in the auditorium to straighten it up. Inside the closet, the victim said the teacher touched him inappropriately and performed a sex act on him.

Court records state the victim reported on Jan. 17 the teacher asked him to come back into the classroom after others were dismissed to hear a speaker. Weekley allegedly locked the door and kept the student inside for 90 minutes, during which he touched the youth inappropriately, according to the charges.

A second student made allegations about an incident from May.

A 19-year-old special education student stated in May Weekley called him to his desk while the class was watching a movie. He alleged Weekley touched him inappropriately and performed a sex act on him.