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Substitute teacher guilty of assault in Stafford County

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A former substitute teacher in Stafford County was ordered this week to serve three months in jail for inappropriate conduct in a county classroom.

Brian Dinh Nguyen, 40, was convicted of assault and battery Tuesday in Stafford Circuit Court.

Judge Michael Levy sentenced him to a year in jail on the misdemeanor charge with all but three months suspended.

Nguyen is facing far more severe consequences in Frederick County. He is scheduled for an Aug. 29 trial on multiple felony charges after being accused of locking three students in a band closet.

That incident occurred on April 10, 2013, about two months after the Stafford incident. Among the charges Nguyen is facing there are three counts of abduction, aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties.

According to the evidence presented Tuesday by Stafford prosecutor Michael Hardiman, Nguyen was substituting in an art class at Colonial Forge High School on Valentine’s Day of last year.

After introducing himself to the class as “Master Brian,” he did a number of things that brought him to the attention of authorities.

The assault and battery conviction resulted from him grabbing the thigh of a teenage girl.

In addition, Hardiman said, Nguyen told one girl the nose in her drawing resembled a sex organ; dropped a pencil on the floor and made another girl pick it up while he looked at her buttocks; and made a comment to another girl about wanting to roll around on the floor naked.

Hardiman said all of the incidents were witnessed by multiple students.

Nguyen had previously been convicted of the assault charge in juvenile court and got a month in jail. He appealed to circuit court and ended up with two additional months.

Levy also ordered that he not teach at any school in Virginia for three years.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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