New Kent teacher, coach charged, arrested for crimes against children

A former New Kent County teacher and coach was arrested Monday after being charged with crimes against children.

Matthew Spencer Duckworth, 40, was indicted on Nov. 19 by a New Kent County Grand Jury on five counts of use of communication systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children, according to a news release from New Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time of the alleged incidents — one as recently as September — Duckworth was a local teacher and coached several school sports teams. He was employed by the school division for 17 years, according to New Kent County Public Schools.

The alleged incidents involve one underage victim between the age of 15 and 17. Duckworth used a communications system to knowingly and intentionally expose his genitals to the victim, according to court documents.

New Kent County Sheriff Joe McLaughlin said the school’s resource officer made the sheriff’s office aware of the situation.

“We then began to investigate the matter from there,” McLaughlin said. “We do encourage others to make someone aware if they have been or are being confronted with a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or concerned.”

Duckworth is no longer employed with New Kent County Public Schools and was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to police.

Duckworth was granted $25,000 bond at a hearing and was released Monday, according to court documents and Henrico County Regional Jail East.

The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Jan. 7 in New Kent County Circuit Court for a status review and to set a trial date, according to court documents.

Duckworth has been placed on pretrial supervision with a local probation office and may not contact the victim, have contact with anyone younger than 18, have access to any electronic communication devices or leave the state, according to court documents.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Brent Thomas of New Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 804-966-9500.

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