CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities say a Junior ROTC instructor at George Washington High School had sex with a female cadet in his office at the school.
Detectives with the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation arrested retired Sgt. Maj. Martin Dale Kirby, 44, of Longridge Road on Monday for alleged incidents dating back to September 2010.
Kirby, who retired from the U.S. Army, teaches three levels of Junior ROTC at GW and apparently had the girl, who was under 18 at the time of the encounters, as a student in one of his classes.
Kirby and the girl arranged a private meeting one morning in the Junior ROTC office, Detective D.A. Scurlock wrote in a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. During that meeting they kissed and he allegedly touched her over her clothes.
They spoke again that evening and planned to meet the next day, again at the school. The girl told detectives they met in the Junior ROTC office again and that she and Kirby had consensual sex during that meeting, the complaint said. She told detectives he touched her bare body and touched her private area.
The girl, whose age detectives are not releasing, told authorities she and Kirby used numerous ways to communicate, including text messages, cellphones and landlines, e-mail and instant messaging.
Kirby admitted to having sex with the girl, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, Kanawha Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Kirby was charged with a single felony count of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust. He was arraigned Monday at Kanawha Magistrate Court and was taken to South Central Regional Jail but was released on bond Tuesday.
Carol Hamric, head of Human Resources for Kanawha County Schools, would not comment on how long Kirby had been employed at the school.
Pete Thaw, Kanawhay school board president, said he wasn't aware of the matter but was upset after hearing of it from a Daily Mail reporter.
"I think it's an outrage," Thaw said. "I'm very unhappy with this.
"We had custodianship of this girl and it seems that we've not done a good job of that," Thaw said.
Thaw could not say what if any disciplinary action the school board would take.
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