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Short Pump Middle School teacher accused of rape, taking indecent liberties with minor is arrested
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Short Pump Middle School teacher accused of rape, taking indecent liberties with minor is arrested

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A Short Pump Middle School teacher accused of rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor has been arrested in North Carolina.

Dean Lakey, 60, of Henrico County is a physical education teacher at Short Pump Middle. He has been on administrative leave since the spring.

Henrico police said in a news release Friday that they opened an investigation into an incident from the 2016-17 school year based on a tip from Child Protective Services. After a long-term investigation, Henrico police sought grand jury indictments Aug. 25 for one count of rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, and three counts of indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian.

Lakey was taken into custody without incident in Currituck County, N.C., on Thursday, police said. He is being held without bond at the Currituck County Detention Center pending his extradition to Henrico.

Kim Sigler, principal of Short Pump Middle, wrote in a message to the school community Friday:

“On Thursday, we were informed by Henrico Police that Mr. Lakey was indicted on six charges related to allegations that date back to the 2016-17 school year. The allegations were first brought to our attention by Henrico Police and Child Protective Services in April of this year, which is when Mr. Lakey, who had been teaching virtually at the time, was immediately placed on administrative leave. Mr. Lakey still remains on administrative leave.

“While I wish I had more information, the matter is currently being handled by law enforcement authorities, and it would be premature to speculate or otherwise discuss the matter without knowing the full facts.

“As always, the health and safety of our students and staff remain our primary focus as we begin the 2021-22 school year.”

Police asked anyone with information to call Detective Alphin at (804) 501-4143. Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or p3Tips.com.

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