State Police say a former Putnam County special education teacher's aide at Hurricane High School had a sexual relationship with at least three students.
Cpl. R.A. Phillips arrested David R. Gibson, 59, of Hurricane Tuesday after a woman came forward with claims he had assaulted her.
Sharon McCormick, a retired special education teacher, went to the Winfield detachment Aug. 22 with the victim to talk to troopers. The victim is 21 years old but has a mental handicap.
McCormick said she got involved after the young woman called and told her that Gibson had been making sexual advances after offering to help her when she moved out of her foster parents' Hurricane home, according to a complaint filed in Putnam Magistrate Court.
The victim had been living with foster parents but had recently moved out because of her age. Gibson allegedly offered to help her, the complaint said.
The young woman told troopers that when her foster parents told her she may have to move out of their home, Gibson offered to let her stay with him in his Hurricane Creek Road residence.
She said she stayed at the home for about a week and in that time Gibson tried several times to get her drunk or high. He also tried repeatedly to touch her during the stay, the complaint said.
She said Gibson got her to drink several cups of vodka and made her smoke marijuana then, she remembers, he had sex with her. She said she was not able to stop him because she was not fully conscious.
"The victim advised that she knew a little about sex but did not want to have sex with (Gibson)," Phillips wrote in the complaint. "She advised (Gibson) told her that if she ever told anyone he would kill her."
She called McCormick for help while Gibson was sleeping. The retired teacher picked the young woman up in a field on Hurricane Creek Road.
The victim described the inside of Gibson's home in detail and showed troopers a cell phone picture of a picture inside his home. The photograph showed her classmates' heads taped over naked pictures along with other pictures of Hurricane High School students, the complaint said.
A search of his home turned up child erotica and child pornography, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
McCormick told troopers that in the 15 years Gibson was her teacher's aide that there were incidents where she caught him locked in darkened classrooms with female students. She said she confronted him and reported the incidents to the principal.
Gibson told troopers during an interview that the victim had been a student of his for years and even though he was aware of her mental handicap, he did give her alcohol and drank it with her before having sex with her.