Reaction to Jonathan Utin's Arrest

By Rosa Duarte
WSLS [Virginia]
September 21, 2006

Local reaction from people who knew retired school teacher Jonathan Utin.

Turns out the class room wasn't the only place he taught, the also volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at Christ Episcopal Church in Blacksburg.

Scott Russell, an associate rector and campus minister says "Yesterday we were advised that a member of this church has been arrested on charges sexual misconduct, we are shocked and saddened by the allegations. Our top concern is for the safety of and well fare for the young people of Christ Church and of this community. Although he was a Sunday school teacher at our church, we are unaware of any allegations of inappropriate behavior."

Members of his church aren't the only ones who are reacting, the Montgomery County school board is too.

In a letter sent home with students Thursday afternoon, Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson says " No incidents involving the individual have been reported to the Montgomery County school board or human resources?.Personally, I am appalled and disgusted by the alleged incidents that are being reported?.We will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure that all of our children are in a safe, positive instructional environment."

Utin retired from the school system three years ago. Principal Danny Knott of Blacksburg Middle school where Utin taught math and science says counseling will be made available to students and that they'll also talk to students about who they can talk to about thins such as abuse, since it is such a sensitive topic.

Directors of Christ Church will be talking to their parishioners on Sunday after service, Utin taught Sunday school to middle and high school students there.


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