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ASU Student Teacher Charged with Taking Indecent Liberties with East Wilkes High Student PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 04:27

An Appalachian State student teacher was charged with engaging in a sexual act and taking indecent liberties with a student at East Wilkes High School, where authorities say he was working.


According to the Winston Salem Journal, 23-year-old ASU senior Spanish and education major, Walter Lowell Stiehm II was arrested on the charges Thursday.

Stiehm reportedly began at East Wilkes High this semester, but has since been relieved of his duties as a student teacher.

Investigators indicated that the alleged felony sex crimes were committed off campus and the age of the alleged victim has not been released.

Stiehm was convicted of a D.W.I. in Watauga County two years ago, but has since completed his sentence.  The 23-year-old is also facing breaking and entering charges stemming from an incident in Boone that occurred in late August where authorities believe he broke into a couple’s apartment while intoxicated.

ASU requires a background check of any student applying to be a student teacher, but because the breaking and entering charges came so recently, they did not appear on the background check.

Stiehm claims no wrongdoing in the breaking and entering charges or the recent sex crime allegations.

He will appear in court in Wilkes County on October 28 and in Watauga County on November 23.


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