West Brunswick High School custodian faces sex-related charges


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.

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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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