Fairfax County Public Schools teacher in custody for sexual assault of student over twenty years ago

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FAIRFAX, Va. (WDVM) — According to the Fairfax County Police Department, a Fairfax County Public Schools teacher is in custody for sexually assaulting a student over twenty years ago.

Officials recently learned of the unlawful sexual contact and began the investigation. Detectives arrested Marc Damon Cheatham, 51, of Woodbridge. FCPD recently learned that Cheatham sexually assaulted a student in the mid 1990’s when he was a teacher at Barden Elementary School.

“Cheatham worked at FCPS for more than 29 years, during his tenure, he worked at several different schools,” said FCPD Second Lieutenant Curry.

Cheatham is a current middle school teacher at Holmes Middle School and has charged with two counts of forcible sodomy of a victim under 12, aggravated sexual assault of a victim under 13, and producing obscene materials involving a minor, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Cheatham was a teacher at Barden Elementary School on Fort Belvoir, during the time of the assaults. Officials say he taught at Barden Elementary School between 1993-1998. Cheatham worked at these FCPS schools:

  • Mount Eagle Elementary School from 1992-1993
  • Barden Elementary School from 1993-1998
  • Belvoir Elementary School from 1998-2000
  • Lorton Station Elementary School from 2004-2006
  • Terra Centre Elementary School from 2006-2010
  • Newington Forest Elementary School from 2010-2017
  • Current: Holmes Middle School 2017-2021

FCPS released a statement stating:

This news is very upsetting to all of us. The primary responsibility for FCPS is always the safety and wellbeing of our students.  We will continue to be diligent in our efforts to provide a safe learning environment and we commit to swift action any time we are made aware of a potential violation of the trust between our students and staff.

FCPS

FCPS announced Cheatham is currently on unpaid leave. The school also said counselors are available to provide support to students and their families.

Cheatham is currently being held at the County’s Adult Detention Center without bond. Detectives are seeking anyone who has information about this investigation or may have had inappropriate contact with Cheatham to call the Major Crimes Bureau detectives at 703-246-7800. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 84741.

“We would encourage anyone who believe they may have been victim of a crime to come forward. No matter how much time has passed, come forward with information, and our detectives and our specialists assigned to our victim service division are here to help you,” said Second Lieutenant Curry.

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