Brooke County Middle School Teacher Faces Sex Abuse Charge
WELLSBURG — A Brooke Middle School music teacher faces sexual abuse charges after students reported that he had inappropriate contact with another student three years ago.
Timothy T. Turner, 42, of New Cumberland, was charged Wednesday with sexual abuse of a juvenile by a person of trust. The Brooke County Sheriff’s Office filed the felony charges after investigating the students’ allegations.
According to Brooke County Magistrate Court documents, students told sheriff’s deputies that Turner had a sexual relationship with a female student while he was a teacher at Wellsburg Middle School in 2015. The allegations involved inappropriate sexual contact on two occasions. He also allegedly sent messages of a sexual nature through the internet.
The charging documents say the incidents did not occur on school property. However, charging documents indicate he allegedly met the victim while she was a student at Wellsburg Middle School.
Toni A. Paesano Shute, superintendent of Brooke County Schools, did not return a call seeking comment.
According to the school’s website, Turner has more than 17 years of experience in music education from kindergarten through the 12th grade. He had led the Wellsburg Middle School Orange Knights band as its director starting in 2002 until Wellsburg and Follansbee middle schools merged to become Brooke Middle School at the end of the last school year. He recently began teaching music in the new middle school as students came back into session.
Turner has won several awards for his music education, according to the district’s website.
He also coached girls basketball at the middle school for several years; is a youth minister for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wintersville; and is an assistant scout master for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 345. He also is the president of the Brooke County Education Association.