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Former Fairfax Co. teacher charged with having inappropriate relationship with teen

WASHINGTON — A former Fairfax County, Virginia teacher has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student more than three years ago.

Timothy Threlkeld, 40, of Manassas, Virginia was charged with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child while he was a shop teacher at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, Virginia.

The investigation into Threlkeld’s behavior began in June 2014 when a relative of the victim reported a suspicious relationship between the teen and Threlkeld, Fairfax County police said Tuesday. There was not sufficient evidence to place criminal charges in 2014, but years later police “received additional information indicating criminal acts occurred in 2014,” police said.

The victim was a student at the middle school, Fairfax County police said.

Threlkeld was arrested and charged in November 2017. Police said an “internal communications error resulted in this information just being released …”

“We are looking into the communication error to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Officer Tara Gerhard with the Fairfax County Police Department.

Based on an internal investigation, Fairfax County Public Schools placed Threlkeld on leave in August 2014; he resigned his position in June 2015, said schools spokesman John Torre.

After his resignation, FCPS petitioned the Virginia Department of Education to have his teaching license revoked, Torre added.

Threlkeld’s next court date is scheduled for Aug. 27.


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