CBI Case # 15-0101
LOCATION: Pocomoke Middle School
CHARGES: Sexual Abuse of a Minor (6 counts)
3rd degree sex offense (6 counts)
2nd degree sex offense (6 counts)
2nd degree assault (6 counts)
ACCUSED: William Albert CATHELL, Jr. W/M 42yoa
NARRATIVE: On June 16, 2015 an investigation was initiated by the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation regarding the alleged inappropriate touching of female students at the Pocomoke Middle School by one of the teachers.
It was reported that the accused, William Albert Cathell, Jr., a Spanish/foreign language teacher at the school, had sexually assaulted several female students during school hours. The victims were between 12 and 13 years of age at the time of the offense.
Investigators worked with the Worcester County Board of Education and, following interviews with students at the school, four victims were identified. Two of the victims were allegedly assaulted by the accused on more than one occasion. Cathell has been a teacher in Worcester County for the past 10 years.
A total of six separate events reportedly occurred on the school grounds over a two year period. As a result of the investigation, multiple charges were filed against Cathell including: sexual abuse of a minor, 3rd degree sex offense, 4th degree sex offense, and 2nd degree assault.
Cathell was arrested without incident at his residence in Accomac County, Virginia. Cathell is currently being held in the Accomac County Detention Center as the process of extradition is currently ongoing through the office of the State’s Attorney for Worcester County.
Further inquiries can be directed to LT Mike McDermott at 410-632-1111.