Former Portsmouth teacher convicted of indecent liberties

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Posted on February 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 8:32 AM

PORTSMOUTH -- A Portsmouth teacher was convicted of indecent liberties in the late 1970s on Wednesday.

Clarence Cornelius Sykes, 57,  who lived in Chesapeake, was a music teacher at Norcom High Schoo, when the man came forward after 30 years.

The jury recommended 10 years in prison.  He will be formally sentenced on Jan. 24th.

Police say their investigation into the allegations - one in 1978 and one in 1979 when he was visiting from Lynchburg - began in January.

Sykes was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

Portsmouth Schools said at the time that Sykes first worked at I.C. Norcom from October 1997 to June 2001. He then worked at Churchland Middle School from August 2005 to June 2011. He returned to Norcom last September.

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