Teacher in Trouble

By: Denise Alex
By: Denise Alex

A trial date has been set for a former Kanawha County teacher accused of sexually abusing a cheerleader while she was serving detention.

Thirty-eight-year-old Rodney Newhouse of Ripley Monday pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, sexual abuse by a guardian and attempted second-degree sexual assault. He was indicted last month by a Kanawha County grand jury.

Newhouse, a former band instructor at Sissonville High School, posted a $50,000 bond. His trial was scheduled for December 12.

Former Sissonville High School cheerleader Stevee Baldwin claims Newhouse made lewd and suggestive comments and touched her during the first two weeks of this past school year.

Baldwin and her parents have sued Newhouse, Sissonville High Principal Calvin McKinney, the Kanawha and Roane County Boards of Education and the state Board of Education.

The Kanawha County Board of Education fired Newhouse after hearing Baldwin's claims. Newhouse worked in Roane County before working in Kanawha County.

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