Short Pump teacher charged with abuse against minor arrested in North Carolina

Posted at 6:56 PM, Sep 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-03 23:47:24-04

HENRICO, Va. -- A Henrico man was arrested in North Carolina on Thursday.

Dean Lakey, 60, was taken into custody without incident in Currituck, North Carolina. He is being held without bond at the Currituck County Detention Center until his extradition to Henrico County is granted.

Henrico County Police Detectives opened an investigation based on Child Protective Services providing a tip to law enforcement.

The incident under investigation occurred during the 2016-2017 school year.

After a long-term investigation, Henrico Police presented the case before the Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury on August 25.

Henrico Police sought indictments for one count of rape, two counts of forcible sodomy and three counts of indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian.

Kim Sigler, the principal at Short Pump Middle School, shared the following message with the school community about the charges:

I’m writing to let you know some information that involves a staff member, Mr. Dean Lakey. 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.

Anyone with information about the case can call Detective Alphin at (804) 501-4143. You can also submit anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or by visiting their website.

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