Thursday, September 16, 2010

Teacher faces child sex charge in Bedford Co.


Valarie Casto, 39-year-old teacher at Paul L. Dunbar Middle School, in Bedford Co., Virginia, has been arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a child.

Casto faces charges of taking indecent liberties with a child while in a custodial relationship and attempted indecent liberties with a child while in a custodial relationship.

Investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Lynchburg Police Department executed a search warrant on 7/28/10 at 2122 hrs in Bedford County as part of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the sexual exploitation of children.

The investigation began when the Lynchburg Police Department received a report of the allegations involving a juvenile male resident. The mother of the victim found suspicious interaction with an adult female on the victim’s cell phone and notified the Lynchburg Police Department. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office became involved when it was determined that the user of the cell phone resided in Forest.


At the conclusion of the search warrant, investigators arrested Valarie H. Casto, W/F/39 of 1104 Abbey Place, Forest VA on one count of Indecent Liberties with a Child While in a Custodial Relationship and one count of Attempted Indecent Liberties with a Child While in a Custodial Relationship. She was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg and was held on a $10,000 secured bond .

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