Former High School Teacher Denied Bond in Virginia, Charged With Sex-Related Crimes Against Children
A former high school teacher at Maury High School in Virginia, William Deacon IV, was denied bond on Friday. Deacon was in court facing 32 charges of crimes against children.
In September, Deacon was arrested on five counts of proposing a sex act with a person under the age of 15 and three counts of attempted indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15.
Last week, a grand jury indicted Deacon on 24 additional charges including: 20 counts of possessing child pornography, three counts for reproducing, transmitting, or selling child pornography, and one count for sexual abuse of an animal.
He’s accused of possessing child pornography, selling child pornography, sexually abusing an animal, proposing sex acts with children under the age of 15 and attempting indecent liberties with children under the age of 15.
In court on Friday, Deacon’s father said he would not have access to the internet, and doesn’t own a vehicle. He said it was his own vehicle, and he could keep the keys away from his son.
Deacon’s lawyer said he’s not accused of physically interacting with any children, so he wouldn’t be a danger to the community if he was limited to staying home without internet access.
However, the prosecutors pointed out that he’s accused of having more than 13,000 files of child pornography, and that its distribution is not a victimless crime.
The lawyer said the act of sharing those materials encouraged people to keep making them, and hurting children.
The judge ended up denying Deacon bond based on his occupation and the weight of the allegations against him.
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Author: Margaret Flavin