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Alleghany High School teacher arrested on child indecency charges

Gavin Haynes mugshot
Gavin Haynes mugshot(Alleghany County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 2:39 PM EST
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ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - An Alleghany High School teacher has been arrested on 31 felony charges, according to court records, dating to 2010. Each charge is “Taking indecent liberties with child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship.”

The arrest Tuesday of Gavin Haynes, 35 of Covington, was confirmed by Virginia State Police, whose Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working the case.

He is listed on the high school’s website as a physical education teacher, but has been on administrative leave for a year, according to a statement from the school district:

On January 18, 2022, a staff member of the Alleghany County Public Schools was arrested and charged with 31 felonies related to alleged sexual contact involving minors.  The school division placed the staff member on administrative leave approximately one year ago on Jan. 21, 2021, when the division was made aware of allegations against the individual.

This individual is not allowed on school property. Because this is a personnel matter, there is little else we can share at this time.

Haynes is being held with no bond at the Alleghany County Jail, according to the Alleghany Sheriff’s Office.

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