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Sheriff's Office Charges Custodian

Custodian Under Arrest

A Loudoun County School employee was arrested last week after allegations he had inappropriate contact with a Park View High School student.

At around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, Maurice Edward Chase, 29, of Sterling, had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old female student, said Kraig Troxell, spokesperson for the SheriffÕs Office.

Chase is a custodian at the Sterling high school.

SHERIFFÕS OFFICE investigators were called into the school the Wednesday morning. Chase was taken into custody and was charged overnight with taking indecent liberties with a minor by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship, Troxell said.

Chase was being held without bond at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center and was awaiting a bond hearing.

CHASE WORKED for Loudoun County Public Schools since July 27 and only worked at Park View High School.

Wayde Byard, spokesperson for the school system, said every school-system employee goes through an FBI fingerprint check and a state police criminal background check. Child Protective Service also does a background check to see if there have been any complaints filed against a potential employee involving minors.

ÒBackground checks are required,Ó Byard said. ÒMr. Chase went through a background check.Ó

Some misdemeanors will not disqualify you from obtaining a job, he added, but any complaint involving a minor will disqualify you from getting a job.

Byard could not comment on ChaseÕs previous record.