25-year-old US Army recruiter in Virginia was taken into police custody following allegations that he had inappropriate contact with a student.
The Portsmouth Public School system released a message to Woodrow Wilson High School parents Friday evening, explaining the situation in more detail.
“Good afternoon,” the message read. “This Dr. Timothy Johnson, principal of Woodrow Wilson High. I’m calling this afternoon to inform you that a military recruiter, who works in our building, has been alleged to have had inappropriate contact with a student. Upon hearing allegations of misconduct, we immediately investigated and notified police. The safety and security of our students is of utmost importance to us, and we take this responsibility very seriously. We have been and will continue to work closely with police in support of their investigation.”
The recruiter, Staff Sergeant Tremaine Speller, was arrested by the Portsmouth Police on Thursday and has since been suspended from recruiting duties.
The US Army is working alongside PPD, who say they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. After looking into the matter, they charged SSG Speller on two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in custodial or supervisory relationship.
According to Fox 13, the Army said that they take misconduct allegations seriously, as they are “the Army’s ambassadors to communities across America.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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