A Central Bucks high school math teacher was recently charged with allegedly engaging in inappropriate communication with a minor, according to the school district’s superintendent, Abe Lucabaugh.
Michael London, 31, of Warrington, taught at Central Bucks South and CB West before being suspended with pay pending an investigation of allegations of misconduct.
The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office was notified of the allegations and conducted an investigation, according to a letter Lucabaugh sent to families and the community Monday.
The DA’s initial investigation, Lucabaugh said, did not find “any evidence of criminality.” The superintendent said he chose to keep London on paid suspension, however, out of “an abundance of caution” pending a district internal investigation “to ensure that nothing was overlooked, or inadvertently missed.”
It was during that investigation, Lucabaugh said, that additional information was found of London’s alleged misconduct and brought to the authorities, resulting in the teacher being charged.
Court documents show “numerous” electronic messages between London and the minor where he asked if the person was sexually active and discussed his own sex life, masturbation and alcohol use, according to media reports. The teacher also, allegedly, asked for photos of the minor. Neither the minor’s gender nor age was disclosed.
London was fired in December.
Lucabaugh said the incident is “an example of why I continue to maintain my stance on protecting our students from sexualization, in any form and in any medium.”
Jospeh Ohrt, 58, the district’s former music department and choir director, was recently sentenced to 2½ years to five years in state prison for indecently assaulting two former students and filming another as he undressed.
The parents of two Central Bucks students filed a civil suit against the district for financial damages. The families allege the district was long aware of Ohrt’s behavior, a claim the district denies.