Pr. William Teacher Charged With Touching Boy Turns Himself In

Tuesday, August 18, 2009; 4:12 PM

A Prince William County teacher turned himself in to police Monday after he was charged with inappropriately touching a 15-year-old boy, police said Tuesday.

Shannon Arnold Patterson, a 32-year-old teacher at Beville Middle School in Dale City, is charged with taking "indecent liberties" with children and with using a communication system to facilitate certain offenses with children.

Police received a complaint that Patterson had inappropriately touched one of the male students off school property between November 2008 and July 2009. Prince William police spokeswoman Erika Hernandez said police began investigating and later learned that Patterson also sent inappropriate text messages to another male student.

Patterson is being held without bond and will have a hearing in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court at a later date.

-- Jennifer Buske

© 2009 The Washington Post Company