Salem police have released the mugshot of the man charged in today’s groping incidents at Roanoke College and Salem High School. He is Jason Dwayne King, age 23, of western Roanoke County.
We also have statements from both police and the Salem school system, which we reproduce in full below. For more on the story from the newsroom of the Roanoke Times, click here.
First, the statement from Salem police:
On Wednesday morning, Salem Police arrested a 23-year-old male and charged him with two counts of assault and battery and one count of sexual battery as the result of the suspect’s involvement in two separate incidents.
Jason Dwayne King, a resident of the 4300 Block of Ft. Lewis Church Rd. in Roanoke Co., was charged with one count of sexual battery from an incident at Roanoke College on N. Market St that occurred at approximately 6:55am. The victim, a female student at the college, was not injured.
Less than an hour later, the suspect was arrested at Salem High School and charged with two additional counts of assault and battery and trespassing. Six students were approached in the parking lot by the accused and they quickly alerted Salem High School administrators. The school’s Resource Officer was on the scene immediately and detained the suspect. The female students were not injured.
King is being held in the Roanoke County-Salem Jail on a total of $2,500 secured bond.
($1,500 for the Roanoke College incident and $1,000 for Salem High School incident)
And here’s the statement from Salem schools superintendent Alan Seibert:
On Wednesday, September 30, 2009, a trespassing incident took place at Salem High School before the start of school. Six students were approached in the parking lot by an adult male who was driving through the lot in his car. The students quickly alerted Salem High School administrators and the school’s Resource Officer was on the scene immediately. The man was taken into custody by Salem Police and he now faces multiple charges.
The students who were approached, school administrators, the Salem High School Resource Officer and the Salem Police Department all acted swiftly and appropriately, and the incident was resolved before the start of the school day.
Parents of the involved students were promptly and personally contacted and the Salem Police Department is continuing its investigation. Any further information will be released through the Salem PD.
“I am very thankful that out students were so alert and that our school staff and the Salem Police Department responded in such a rapid fashion,” says Alan Seibert, Salem School Superintendent. “I really want to thank our students for once again acting as responsible members of the community.”