Substitute Teacher Found Not Guilty of Abduction, Sexual Battery

FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. – Brian Nguyen, a 40-year-old master trainer and karate instructor from Sterling took the stand on Friday to testify against charges of abduction, aggravated sexual battery, assault & battery, and indecent liberties.

The charges stem from an incident in April 2013, in which three middle school girls accused Nguyen of touching them inappropriately inside a storage closet while he was substitute teaching at Robert E. Aylor Middle School.

"We immediately removed [Nguyen] from our substitute list so he would not be able to work in any of our schools. And then we turned this particular situation over to law enforcement," said Steve Edwards, a spokesperson for Frederick County Public Schools.

On Thursday, the three girls told the jury 'Master Brian,' as they called him because of his training certification, trapped them in a storage closet on April 10, 2013 and touched them inappropriately.

Frederick County Public Schools were notified by a parent the next day of the alleged incident, and opened an investigation with law enforcement. A letter was also sent home to parents.

"We did feel it was important to make parents aware of the situation. In the event that perhaps there were other students out there who maybe had not shared any information with their parents, [they could] come forward and also be part of the investigation," said Edwards.

Nguyen's Defense Attorney, David Hensley, argued the story was made up by the girls, because they were afraid of getting in trouble for misbehaving during class.

While the jury returned a not guilty verdict on all charges, Nguyen is still serving some time. In May he was found guilty of assault and battery in Stafford, Virginia. 

As reported by The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., another middle-school-aged girl testified Nguyen had grabbed her thigh, while he was substitute teaching. A judge ordered Nguyen to 12 months in jail, with nine months suspended.

Frederick County Public Schools does not want to discourage students from coming forward in the future.

"If a student or parent gets a feeling in their gut that there is something at school that is not quite right, they need to make an adult at that school aware, be that a teacher or an administrator, so that it can be dealt with appropriately and investigated," said Edwards.

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