HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Prosecutors call a Hanover teacher and a school nurse a danger to the community and children. The couple accused of sex crimes appeared in court for the first time today.
Craig Linnon and his wife Angela Linnon face a number of felony charges including, indecent liberties with a child. At an arraignment hearing in court, 44 year old Angela Linnon broke down and told a judge she feared for her life behind bars and wanted to go home.
Prosecutors say she was a willing participant in sex crimes against minors. 49 year old Craig Linnon is a former Ohio attorney who was disbarred because of ethical issues. Prosecutors say Craig was the driving force behind the alleged crimes. Craig's attorney repeatedly stated in court that his client has no criminal record and is not a danger.
"These aren't crimes of violence and while they're serious offenses - they're not ones you typically have people that are dangerous with respect to committing additional crimes," said Craig's attorney, W. Edward Riley.
Police say the incidents involved alcohol and four students at the Hanover Center for Trades Technology. Craig Linnon is a building trades teacher at the school. Angela Linnon a nurse. Prosecutors say the pair used their positions to manipulate and abuse students.
The alleged crimes unfolded multiple times late last year at the school and the couple's home on Guenevere Place in Mechanicsville. News of the arrests is the talk of the town.
"He was always working on something in his garage. Kids were always jumping on the trampoline, they have one in the backyard, there were kids constantly over there," said neighbor Matt Elliot.
Another Neighbor said, "That's a shame. You think you're protected in your neighborhood but I guess you really don't know people."
A judge denied bond for the couple, so they'll remain behind bars. After the hearing friends and family members of the Linnon's left the courthouse without comment.
Craig and Angela Linnon are on unpaid administrative leave from the school. The pair is scheduled to appear in court again on February 11.