3 teachers accused of having inappropriate contact with Currituck students

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 6:00 PM

CURRITUCK CO., NC - Currituck County Schools is dealing with the arrests of three school employees on sexual misconduct charges.  

Two former teachers were charged last week in separate cases involving students, officials said.

33-year-old Deborah Dawn Underwood was working as substitute teacher during the 2011-12 school year when officials learned she had inappropriate contact with a student.

A similar investigation led to the arrest of 29-year-old Robert Douglas Layden the same week.

Those arrests came after a former volunteer girls basketball coach, Nicholas Webster Cahoon, as charged with taking indecent liberties with a female student at Currituck High.

Currituck County Schools requires employees to verify by signatures that they have read and will follow the policy manual, which includes mandates to avoid inappropriate behavior with students, the superintendent said.

In a news release Tuesday, Assistant Superintendent Sandy Kinzel said the school system is reviewing its policies and will be working with the Sheriff's Dept. to provide additional training for school employees this fall.

The release also said parents, students and staff can report misconduct of any kind through the school system's Website.

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