T.C. Williams High teacher charged with sex offense at Alexandria school

By Rick Rojas
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 26, 2010; B04

A 72-year-old teacher at T.C. Williams High School has been charged with sexual battery after a 16-year-old female student complained that he touched her inappropriately, Alexandria police said.

The student alleged that she was touched by Reginald Brown of Fairfax County on June 7 at the school, police said in a news release.

Police began investigating the incident June 8, after the student's mother reported her daughter's allegation.

The same day, Brown, a special education teacher, was placed on administrative leave by the Alexandria school system, schools spokeswoman Amy Carlini said. Although Brown taught special education, the student is not disabled, police said.

Brown could not be reached for comment Friday.

Brown has taught in Alexandria public schools for five years, and he had told administrators that he planned to resign at the end of the year. Carlini said Brown is no longer employed by the school system.

On Wednesday, Brown was issued a summons of arrest, which means he was not taken into police custody, said Ashley Hildebrandt, an Alexandria police spokeswoman.

Superintendent Morton Sherman said in a letter to the T.C. Williams community that the school system "does not tolerate inappropriate behavior and is committed to ensuring that our students and faculty have a safe, comfortable environment in which to learn and work."

He said parents should encourage their children to report any inappropriate acts so that "we can take swift and decisive corrective action, as was the case in this instance."

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