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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A West Brunswick High School custodian is behind bars facing sex-related charges with a student.

According to a news release from a Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman, Valentine Rivera, 42, of Shallotte, is charged with sexual battery, sexual offense by school personnel, and disseminating pornographic materials.

The release says school leaders and Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded quickly after learning about the accusations against Rivera. He is currently in jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

According to arrest warrants, Rivera forcibly put the hand of the victim on his penis Monday. He is also accused of giving the victim a naked picture of himself earlier this month. The sheriff’s office says the victim is an 18-year-old female.

The school system’s spokeswoman says Rivera will remain on administrative leave during the investigation. The release adds that since the investigation is ongoing, and because of personnel regulations, school officials cannot comment further.

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  • ashley

    Look I understand the people that have been around him don’t think he’s that type of person but you never know what people are capable of. He may have never acted in appropriate around you but you never know how he is around other people. I’ve been around him a lot in the past year and there was always something strange about him. I never felt comfortable around him. So what happen is probably true. But that’s just my opinion. But to be honest ocher came back to the school after all of this has happen, I refuse to go to school, cause I know I wont feel safe.


    I can’t see this he is a great guy doesn’t he also work at Scotch man across from wendys… He is always polite when I go up there Im just amazed at this and I believe in Innocent until proven Guilty…

  • Katelynn

    I go to West and have met and even around Valentine a lot, he has never
    Been out of order or been inappropriate at all to or around me. He is one of the
    Nicest people I have ever met. I really just don’t think it’s true and if it is then
    I will be majorly shocked. We had even discussed in the past how teens will
    Take kindness and turn it into lies and something it isn’t, I’m not sayin that it’s
    Impossible that this is true about him but I can’t see him ever doing such a thing.

  • Patsy Odom

    I heard this story reported on the early morning news show. Reporting that the man forced girl to put her hand on his penis is more detail than should be reported on television. Nobody outside the courthouse needs to hear that.

  • angel colon

    If he “gave” her a nude pic it will be presented as evidence in court. Also dont almost all schools have security cameras? Till then I reguse to believe a good man like him is guilty.

  • David Perez

    It seem to me that Valentine is the victim here that’s why all these comments are popping up..Valentine is a great man and it takes an action of some girl comment to destroy a man’s life. ..If this was a joke on the girls part please come forward and fix things so life can go back to normal

  • Peter Rivera

    To all who has my brothers back and our family appreciates it 100%. The family is coming down to get this straighten out. You will be out very soon.

  • Fwd:
    You don’t have to live it out in silence.People keep saying he is a great guy but you are dealing with a bunch of teenagers who cannot think like adults yet. Some of them will never grow out of their ignorance. They think because they talk to him every so often and he gives them coffee sometimes that they KNOW HIM.. they won’t know for years that is not knowing someone ..but he is an acquaintance.. not a friend. You don’t have to suffer in silence. But I think at this time no one is thinking properly and they will just try and turn what you say around and use it against you.You do not deserve to be tortured at school for something that is not your fault… It’s not your fault he was a douche and its not your fault he has potrayed himself as such a great guy. All of that is not your fault. It tensions can get high and people act stupid. Sorry for that and I’d like to say people will grow up, but they won’t.

  • What about the victim everybody talking good about Valentino but what about if you really did it nobody say anything nice to the victim to Victim is the one suffering is the want who has to deal with this for the rest of her life as far as I know she hasn’t been to school so please somebody say something nice about the victim to .is not a hero he may not did it he made no but what about if we did do it and everybody is praising him like he’s a hero please take min to see the big picture. Plus he already admitted that he did it so why everybody is trying to look out for men who already said he did it

  • mspenn

    Yes you are SUPPOSED to be innocent until proven guilty. Sadly in today’s society, it’s the other way around. You are really guilty until proven innocent. It’s a shame because if this man is found not guilty, this is going to follow him the rest of his life. He will probably have trouble finding another job. Nobody is going to want him in their neighborhood because he could or could not be a sex offender. People are still going to be leary about their daughters being around him. It just goes on and on. I weren’t there. So I don’t know if it happened or not. Only 3 people know the truth. If he’s guilty, by all means…lock him up and throw away the key. If he’s not…that little girl that colaborated this whole story needs her tail beat! Sorry I’m old school and that’s just how it is.

  • A Teacher

    You know I have read most of these comments surrounding the accusations of Valentine Rivera. I must say that it is interesting on how the public behaves when it’s a man of color. In the past there have been some incidents in this (good Ole) county involving male persons of non-color and there wasn’t all this sensationalism in the press and on social media. Even one of them eventually married the (child)and after a while it kind of faded. With this, some of you have got the man already convicted. In today’s society, let me tell you, if young females in our middle schools and high schools feel the need to “get back” at you for whatever reason,they got the tools, knoweledge, it’s very easy to do. It happens!!! And yes, sexual misconduct happens too. Let’s do remember that if this man is found not guilty and this proves to be untrue, he is still ruined. The school system will not want to keep him nor will his other job want keep him. This man has a family too. I know him casually for you see, he worked part-time in the school that i teach at and my children (2 of my daughters) were acquainted with him at West. Nothing but a gentleman.

  • secret

    Seriously what victim in their right mind says IM SORRY and will say he is in my prayers if he just forced you to do something you didn’t want to do. And you didn’t want to press charges why??? why wouldn’t you want to if you were forced to do something you didn’t want. He didn’t drag you in that room you freely walked in to that room.Come on now really? Your 18 you knew what you were doing too….. I can’t wait til this is over. I don’t wish any one bad but god works in mysterious ways!!!!

  • Guest2020

    I understand that side of things if he is found to be not guilty and I do believe that there should be criminal charges brought against someone who makes false accusations of this nature. But, the girl, the alleged victim in this case is being called all sorts of names by the supporters of the accused. They are doing to her what they are complaining about people doing to him and it just is not right.

    I know people who were victimized but never believed. And the accusations that got thrown their way only served to victimize them more. And I can tell you that victims of sexual abuse never get over it.

    I’ve also known someone falsely accused. He was a family member. He was proven to be innocent. We didn’t go out there and vilify his accuser. We supported him and prayed for him and he came out of it okay. He hasn’t suffered any stigma from it. I can’t say that the stigma never attaches, but it doesn’t always when someone is completely proven innocent without a doubt.

    Regardless of who is innocent and who is guilty, I hope that the truth comes out. If he is guilty, I hope he is punished appropriately. If he is found innocent, I hope the people are reasonable enough to let it go and that he and his family are strong enough to get past it.

  • Beth

    “Innocent until proven guilty” when he is proven innocent he will never actually be treated this way. He will have to live with the stares and the whispers, his children, nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers, and Mother will have to deal with the backlash of the accusations that have been brought against their Father/Uncle/Brother and Son. They to will suffer with the stares and whispers.
    Once an accusation like this has been made it never goes away. His livelihood is now being jeopardized in all this. His life and his families will never be the same when he his proven innocent. He will always be looked at as being Guilty!

  • Guest2020

    You are saddened that your brother is being presumed guilty, yet you are doing the same thing to the alleged victim. Is she not innocent until proven guilty? My daughter went to West and never had an issue with your brother, but not everyone is who they seem to be. I don’t know your brother and if he is innocent, the truth will come out. But, if he is guilty, then he has hurt a girl and she is being further victimized by you and the others making accusations against her and calling her names. “Innocent until proven guilty” cuts both ways in a situation like this.

  • mirasol rivera

    Thank you for supporting my brother i greatly appreciate it and i know he will be proven innocent and i will be there tio support him every step of the way love you big bro.

  • hunter

    I know Valentine and i know he’d never do anything like this and this should have never been all over the news and facebook and the radio and whatever else until he is proven guilty which be won’t like why would he do something like this when he has children of his own and yes he is close to the students at WBHS but that means nothing he cares for most of us as family and others he does not associate with but i know beyond a shadow of a doubt he is NOT GUILTY and well he should be freed and when he’s found NOT GUILTY deserves an apology from anyone accusing him!!!!!!!!!

  • Southern Born

    If not true, you are the scum. Works both ways.

  • Mercedes Rivera

    This is my brother and I know for a fact that this person is lying and she is a little slut for trying to ruin a good man it’s sad that we have to be ridiculed and presumed guilty and to prove innocence. I know that my brother will beat this. And I can’t believe that the administration won’t take his side because for all those years he has been working there and helping these kids.

  • guesty

    If true, he is scum, nothing more.

  • jay conquest

    this man a close friend of mine and I don’t believe this crap at all. this man is a family man to the bone. I wish people would keep their opinions to themselves. so let the facts be heard before judgement is passed.

  • mirasol rivera

    I know he wouldn’t do something like that i don’t care what that girl or anyone in that place says.

  • Mercedes Rivera

    I don’t believe these accusations that my brother is being accused of he is a good man and he has done good thing for those children in that school. It’s a shame how the administration does not defend their employees from these little tramps in school. My brother will beat these accusation and will come out of this a free man whom is unnocent.

  • Christine Kane

    To the people who knew valentine he was a great person and what he did was wrong but he knows better and maybe instead of thinking about him you should think of the victim. Though I don’t wish to think about myself Valentine is indeed in my prayers and I never did press charges actually told them not to it was out of my hands and his family and everybody is in my prayers

  • Paige Holmes

    I honestly & truly don’t believe this.. Valentine is a family friend & former co-worker of mine. One of the nicest & most kind hearted people I ever met. He never met a stranger & would do anything he could to help anyone who needed it.. him & his family are in my prayers.

  • Guest2020

    I don’t know you or this man and I am not saying whether he is guilty or not, but you never can really know a person. I know of a pastor who committed a sexual offense against a female congregant. I know of a man who was considered and upstanding member of the community who molested his two daughters and stepdaughter. I know of a teenager that was living with his aunt and uncle and molested their two daughters under their own roof and they were unaware of it until they caught him in the act.

  • guesty

    Sounds good to me.

  • Lily Little

    This is the janitor at my school and I’ve talked to him on several occasions and everyone he has been nothing but nice but there are some sick and twisted people in this world and sometimes you just never know they could look just the same as you and me.so I don’t know if Valentine actually did this but there’s is no evidence saying he didn’t…


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