Local teacher charged with sexual abuse

WELLSBURG — A Brooke County school teacher has been charged with sexual abuse of a juvenile by a person of trust.

Timothy T. Turner, 42, of New Cumberland — former band director at Wellsburg Middle School and music teacher at Brooke Middle School — was charged Wednesday with the felony following an investigation by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

According to court documents, students came to sheriff’s deputies with allegations Turner had a sexual relationship with a pupil while he was a teacher at Wellsburg Middle School in 2015.

The allegations involved inappropriate sexual contact on two incidents outside school grounds and messages of a sexual nature through the Internet.

According to the documents, the two met while she was a pupil at Wellsburg Middle School. With the school’s closing, Turner was transferred to Brooke Middle School, where he is one of three music teachers.

His case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court. Calls to Superintendent Toni Shute for comment were not returned.