Substitute teacher charged with assaulting student in Chesterfield County speaks out

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Chesterfield County have arrested a substitute teacher for allegedly assaulting a student at Manchester Middle School.

According to police, 76-year-old Daniel L. Foldenauer was touching a 14-year-old student’s hair on Thursday when his hand brushed against her upper chest.

Foldenauer, of the 14100 block of Shallowford Landing Road in Chesterfield County, was arrested Friday and charged with misdemeanor assault.

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Foldenuer faced a similar charge in 2011 after he was accused of assaulting two students at Tomahawk Creek Middle School. He was never convicted of those charges.

8News spoke briefly to Foldenauer on Friday. He provided the following statement:

“As an educator for over fifty years, and a full-time teacher in Chesterfield County for over twenty years, I pride myself in dealing professionally with all students and colleagues.  I dispute the misdemeanor allegation and look forward to having my day in court in order to resolve this matter.”

8News also received a statement from Shawn Smith, spokesperson for Chesterfield County Schools:

“This is a very serious charge and the substitute teacher is no longer working with the school division.”

No other information has been released at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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