UPDATE: Ex-Teacher Speaks Out After Acquittal

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Updated: 9/01/2015 5:45 P.M.

Clear of all charges.

A Ritchie County teacher indicted--twice--for an alleged incident involving two Ritchie County school students-is acquitted in a trial.

The case went to trial last week, after charges and indictments were made, dismissed and re-filed.

After a week-long trial-during which David "Pete" Weekley himself took the stand for three and a half hours-a jury took less than an hour to reach a verdict of "not guilty".

Weekley and his attorney, Judith McCullough, both say the case was not thoroughly investigated by state officials and the West Virginia State Police, charges denied by Ritchie County Prosecutor Steve Jones.

Weekley...known to his friends and family as "Pete", told us he's concerned about what what effect the publicity about the case might have on his future.

But he's concerned more about the toll it took on his family.-particularly his teenage son.

"His support never wavered, and he was always good to me," Weekley said. "And the teachers of Ritchie County Middle School; they did protect him and make sure that he suffered as little as he could under the circumstances."

"He's not a danger to anyone," McCollough added. "He's a good father and a good person. This could have torn the family apart, but, instead, it's brought them closer together."

Weekley was originally suspended without pay by the Ritchie County Board of Education.

He eventually was given back pay, but only for his teaching duties and not for his extra-curricular duties as an instructor.

School Superintendent Ed Toman said the board would have no comment on the verdict.

"The Board of Education is aware of the recent acquittal of Mr. Weekley who was previously employed by the Board," Toman said in a statement e-mailed to The News Center Tuesday morning. "The Board doesn't believe that it's in anyone's best interest to make any substantive statement in response to the verdict, or make a statement about a former employee. Instead the Board is focused on the continued expectations of excellence from our current staff and students, and continuing to ensure the safety and well-being of our children."

Jones said he would not discuss the reasons for dismissal and re-instatement of charges, saying that happened in an in-camera, or private, court hearing.

He added he was disappointed with the jury's verdict, but that "it's something we'll have to live with".

UPDATE 3/11/2014 4:00 PM

The latest from the big child sex story out of Ritchie County.

High school teacher David Pete Weekley was suspended Monday night by the board of education.

The special ed teacher is accused of sexually abusing students.

The suspension, without pay, is retroactive to February 26th, and it's also indefinite, pending the outcome of his court case.

The board's unanimous vote came after a closed-door meeting with Weekley.

His case was bound over last week to the county grand jury.

UPDATE 3/6/2014 4:30 PM

Accused of sexually assaulting a student, a Ritchie County teacher faced a judge Thursday.

Now the case takes the next step.

State Police arrested Pete Weekley last week, then arrested him again when another student came forward.

Thursday the case took the first step towards trial.

The only testimony involved the second person to come forward - a 19-year-old special education student who gave specific details of the incident involving Pete Weekley from last May.

He said while the class was watching a movie Weekley asked him to come to his desk.

There, he says, the special education teacher fondled him and performed oral sex on him.

Both cases were bound over to the Ritchie County grand jury.

"The other case was dismissed by the state, and we're going to proceed directly to grand jury, which we're able to do under the rules," says Ritchie County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Jones. "Grand jury meets three times a year; the next time will be in June."

Weekley's attorney argued against probable cause being found, saying the student could not remember some elements of the case, including the exact date of the incident.

She also argued Weekley allowed the student to walk away without trying to stop or threaten him after the alleged acts.

The next meeting of the Ritchie County grand jury is June 3.

UPDATE 3/6/2014 2:50 PM

Two hearings were held Thursday for Ritchie County High School teacher David "Pete" Weekley.

Two students accused Weekley of sexual abuse.

Both cases were bound over to a grand jury.

UPDATE 3/6/2014 12:40 PM

A hearing was held Thursday for Ritchie County High School teacher David "Pete" Weekley.

Two students accused Weekley of sexual abuse.

Since they are two separate cases, there are two separate hearings.

Probable cause was found in the case involving the second student and that case will be bound over to a grand jury.

The hearing involving the first student that came forward will also be held Thursday.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE 3/3/2014 10:30 AM

New charges for the Ritchie County teacher accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old student.

The West Virginia State Police confirm they re-arrested David Pete Weekley on new charges, after another male student at Ritchie County High School came forward saying Weekley performed oral sex on him in a closet.

He's charged with second degree sexual assault, first degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.

He was arraigned and posted his $100,000 bond.

Weekley was arrested earlier this week after a 17-year-old student at Ritchie County High School came to authorities with allegations that Weekley sexually abused him.

And school officials aren't saying much until a board meeting later this month.

UPDATE 2/28/2014 12:10 PM

West Virginia State Police say Ritchie County High School teacher David "Pete" Weekley is arrested a second time.

They say a second victim came forward.

Charges from that arrest are not available at this time.

Weekley was originally arrested Wednesday for second degree sexual assault, first degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.

He is accused of performing oral sex on a student in a closet at the school and on another date, fondling the student in an unoccupied room at the school.

UPDATE 2/27/2014 4:50 PM

David "Pete" Weekley faces a magistrate court hearing next Thursday.

Edward Toman, Superintendent of Ritchie County Schools, says he will not comment on the case beyond a statement he issued Wednesday.

We couldn't get much comment from the public, either, although one person said off camera he doesn't believe the entire story is out yet.

Weekley faces four charges, including sexual assault, first degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.

They're for incidents involving a student who spoke to West Virginia State Police.

The state board of education tells us county superintendents are required to let the state education department know of incidents such as this.

After an investigation, a committee of educators from across the state could determine whether the teacher keeps his license.

The state board, however, is not involved in the case on a criminal level.

A Ritchie County High School student tipped off state police and now a teacher faces a sexual assault charge.

According to West Virginia State Police, Corporal Brewer received the complaint from the student, saying 43-year-old teacher David "Pete" Weekley performed oral sex on the victim in a closet at the school.

The victim said on another date Weekley fondled him in an unoccupied room at the school.

Corporal Brewer arrested Weekley Wednesday for second degree sexual assault, first degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.

Weekley was arraigned in Ritchie County Magistrate Court.

He posted his $100,000 bond.

Ritchie County Superintendent Edward Toman says a recommendation will be made to the board of education at its March 10th meeting, and, in Toman's words, appropriate action will be taken.

Below is Toman's complete statement:

"Administration is aware of the recent arrest and serious allegations concerning a professional employee of the Ritchie County Board of Education. Appropriate personnel action will be taken, and it is anticipated that I will make an initial personnel recommendation to the Board on March 10th at our regular meeting. Because this matter involves personnel, I am unable to make any further comments. I will say, that both as the Superintendent and father of a child in our school system, we make every effort to keep our students safe from harm. I can assure you that the allegations will continue to be thoroughly investigated and appropriate action will be taken."

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