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Prince William schools look at sexual misconduct after 4 teachers arrested

Sunday - 5/15/2011, 2:53pm  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Four Prince William county school teachers have now been charged with sexual misconduct in just the last month, prompting the school district to take a closer look at their workforce.

Two of the cases were in middle schools, two in high schools. They involved three male teachers and one female teacher. It is a big number for any school district in a year much less in a month's time.

Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone says the incidents have prompted a review.

"It's not the hiring process that's in question right now," says Blackstone, who notes that all 10,000 employees did go through background checks when they were hired.

Blackstone adds they will take a closer look at professional development.

"Plans are in place to have principals review with their staff our expectations relating to sexual misconduct and inappropriate communications and relationships with students."

Blackstone says it is on the agenda for the next round of principal meetings.

The latest arrest was Thursday when David Blount, 62, a teacher at Woodbridge Middle School, was accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old female student.

The week before, Lawrence Lucchetti, 33, a Beville Middle School SIGNET teacher, was charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl.

In April, Garfield High School track coach and substitute teacher Eric Lewis was charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old female student and Tina Amato, 27, a Garfield High School English teacher, has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

All four teachers are on administrative leave.

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