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Pocomoke Middle School Teacher Arrested on Sex Charges

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William Albert Cathell Jr. William Albert Cathell Jr.

POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- A Pocomoke Middle School teacher is facing several counts of sexual abuse of a minor and related charges following accusations that he inappropriately touched several female students over a two-year period of time. 

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that in mid-June detectives began an investigation into the alleged inappropriate touching of female students at Pocomoke Middle School by one of its teachers.

Investigators said it was reported that 42-year-old William Albert Cathell Jr., of Parksley, Va., who is a Spanish/foreign language teacher at the school, had sexually assaulted several female students during school hours. The victims were between 12 and 13 years of age at the time of the offense, according to the WCBI.

Investigators said they worked with the Worcester County Board of Education and following interviews with students at the school, four victims were identified. Two of the victims were allegedly assaulted by the accused on more than one occasion, authorities said.

Investigators said Cathell has been a teacher in Worcester County for the past 10 years.

A total of six separate events reportedly occurred on the school grounds over a two-year period. The WCBI said that as a result of the investigation, multiple charges were filed against Cathell including six counts of sexual abuse of a minor, six counts of third-degree sex offense, six counts of fourth-degree sex offense and six counts of second-degree assault.

Investigators said Cathell was arrested without incident at his home in Accomack County, Va., and is currently being held in the Accomac County Detention Center as the process of extradition is currently ongoing through the office of the State’s Attorney for Worcester County.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Worcester County Public Schools said the district received a complaint about Cathell on Friday, June 12, which led to his placement on administrative leave on Tuesday, June 16, while the investigation was being conducted. The district said that Cathell remains on administrative leave pending legal action. 

"We take any complaint of this nature very seriously, and as such, we have been in communication with law enforcement as they investigated these circumstances," said Worcester County Superintendent of Schools Jerry Wilson. "Our focus at this point is to ensure a safe learning environment and that our students are provided any additional services that they may need, such as counseling.” 

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