EHS teacher charged with soliciting a minor student

ELKINS – An Elkins High School teacher was arrested Wednesday night and charged with soliciting a minor, a felony.

Donald A. Johnson, 34, of 633 Central St., Elkins, was arraigned Thursday before Randolph County Chief Magistrate Benjamin Shepler, who set Johnson’s bond at $75,000 cash only. Johnson posted bond and was released from Tygart Valley Regional Jail on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim, a 16-year-old female, told Randolph County Child Advocacy Center officials in February she “had been engaged in a relationship with Johnson.” She reportedly told officials Johnson “obtained” her cell phone number and began calling and texting her.

The alleged victim said Johnson “continuously engaged her in sexually explicit conversations, such as asking her what sexual positions she preferred,” and asked her to graphically describe other sexual acts. She also said Johnson asked her several times to send him pictures of her “posing in an inappropriate manner,” and she sent him several photos of that type, the complaint states.

The criminal complaint states Johnson is a teacher at Elkins High School and the alleged victim is a student at EHS. The relationship took place from June 2013 to January, according to the complaint.

Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Terry George said Thursday evening he took appropriate action when notified about the alleged matter.

“Once we were aware of the situation, we took the necessary steps to protect our students,” George said. “Our part of this will be resolved in a personnel hearing. That is all I can say because at the current time, this is still an open personnel issue.”

An accused person is innocent unless and until proven guilty.