Former teacher, substitute face sex charges

By on July 29, 2013

(Currituck County Schools)

(Currituck County Schools)

A former teacher and a one-time substitute with Currituck County Schools were arrested last week in connection with separate allegations of inappropriate relationships with students.

Robert D. Layden, 29, of Tyner was arrested July 24 and charged with one count of sex offense with a student.

According to Chief Deputy Matt Bieckert of the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, school officials met with investigators on May 20 and reported a possible inappropriate relationship between Layden, who was a digital media teacher at Currituck High School, and a student.

A search warrant was served, and Layden’s phone and I-Pod were seized, according to Beickert.

Layden was released after posting $10,000 secured bond.

Deborah D. Underwood, 33, of Moyock, was arrested July 24 and charged with three counts of sex offense with a student. Beickert said school officials alerted deputies on May 28 of possible inappropriate behavior with a student.

Underwood was a substitute teacher through the 2011-12 school year. She then took a position as a math teacher at Gates County High School but submitted her resignation May 29, according to minutes of the June 2013 meeting of the Gates County Board of Education.

Deputies interviewed Underwood at her home the same day, Bieckert said. Underwood was released after posting $1,000 secured bond.



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