Chesterfield ex-teacher faces sexual-misconduct charges

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By The Staff

A former Chesterfield County history teacher and basketball coach has been arrested on sexual-misconduct charges. 

Christopher Clark, 42, of 108 Chester Park in Chesterfield, was charged last Wednesday with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery. 

The incidents allegedly happened between December 2016 and December 2017. A sheriff’s statement said the incidents happened while the student attended Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School, where Clark was a history teacher. He taught school for almost 20 years.  

Prior to the sheriff’s office investigation, Clark was dismissed by the Chesterfield County Schools, said spokesman Ken Buck. 

The student reportedly told friends, and then her mother, of the incidents. The mother reported them to the school system. 

The sheriff’s office then investigated, interviewing the student, several of her friends and then Clark, Sheriff Jay Brooks said. They also looked at text messages between Clark and the student, Brooks said. 

Brooks said the information the student and friends provided “was consistent.”

There appear to be no other victims, Brooks said. 

Clark reported to the Chesterfield County Detention Center last Wednesday morning without incident. He was released on a personal recognizance bond Wednesday afternoon, according to news reports. 

A trial date has not been set, Brooks said. 

“We must protect the trust that parents have in teachers and their influence in the lives of our children,” Brooks said. 

He stressed Clark is only accused and has not been convicted of any crime. “We must assure parents that the school district and the sheriff’s office will do everything in our power to protect our students. Inappropriate relationships between teachers and students can cause lifelong damage.”

Brooks teaches a social media class for his department and the school district. He said school officials “are doing an excellent job” in advising staff, teachers and students on using social media.