Henrico high school teacher admits guilt

Posted at 11:35 AM, Nov 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-15 19:29:08-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - The Mills Godwin High School teacher arrested after school this week admitted he was guilty of the crimes he was accused of committing, according to the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Anthony Crowder, 40, was charged with two counts of sexual battery in a case that dates back to the 1980s.

During Friday's hearing, prosecutors said Crowder was at least 13 years old when he inappropriately touched two male family members 27 years ago. In addition to those crimes, the prosecution said there is another alleged victim. That person was 14 years old at the time of the incident, Crowder was 29.  Crowder admitted to guilt in that case, though no charges have been filed.

Henrico judge Richard Wallerstein set Crowder's bond at $10,000. As part of his bond, Crowder is not permitted to be in contact with anyone under 18.

Prosecutors would not say who first brought these allegations to police or where the third alleged offense took place.

Following his arrest after school on Tuesday, Henrico Schools announced the earth science teacher was suspended without pay. He had been employed by the school system since 2004.

"Our understanding is that the matter involves neither school property nor our students," Henrico County Schools spokesman Andy Jenks wrote in a statement. "Until such time that more facts are known, we think it's best to decline further comment and let the legal process run its course."

Crowder is due back in court for Dec. 18 for a status hearing.