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Groveton ES teacher arrested for exposing himself to child in Fort Hunt neighborhood

Fairfax County police believe James William Nugent II exposed himself multiple times in the Stratford Landing Elementary School area, including an Oct. 21 incident that led to his arrest (via Google Maps)

A Groveton Elementary School teacher is facing indecent liberties and child pornography charges after allegedly exposing himself to a child this weekend — an incident that police say may not be his first.

James William Nugent II, 27, of Alexandria “lured” a juvenile into his Toyota Sienna van in Fort Hunt’s Stratford Landing neighborhood early in the afternoon on Saturday (Oct. 21), the Fairfax County Police Department said in a news release yesterday (Wednesday).

“The victim ran away and contacted the police,” the FCPD said, noting that the victim wasn’t injured.

Officers responded to the intersection of Camden Street and Wittington Blvd at 1:30 p.m.

According to the police department, detectives identified Nugent as the van driver based on surveillance footage shared by a community member and a nearby license plate reader. The FCPD partnered with Flock Safety to install automated license plate readers last November, expanding its test of the devices this spring through Oct. 31.

Nugent was arrested yesterday morning. During a search of his residence, detectives found “numerous child sexual abuse material,” the FCPD said.

He has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, an offense that applies to situations involving victims under 15 years old, and 13 counts of distributing child pornography.

“Through our detectives’ investigation, they believe Nugent exposed himself to at least four additional victims near Stratford Elementary School within the past two weeks,” the FCPD said. “Detectives would like to speak to anyone who has information about this case or may have been a victim.”

The department advises anyone with potential information to call 703-246-7800, option 3, or submit a tip through Crime Solvers.

Nugent is currently employed by Fairfax County Public Schools as a resource teacher at Groveton Elementary School, which is almost five miles away from where Saturday’s exposure incident occurred.

“The victim in the case is not affiliated with his employment,” police said.

FCPS declined to comment on the case, directing inquiries to the police department. Nugent is still listed as a resource teacher in Groveton Elementary’s staff directory.