POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man who worked with students at Powhatan High School has been charged with sex crimes against a child.
Nicholas White faces a felony charge of indent liberties and a misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Nicholas White was arraigned Friday morning. Tonight, he remains behind bars at the Piedmont Regional Jail –held without bond.
Over the years, the Powhatan High School Band program has gone through heartache. First with a fire in 2010 that destroyed instruments and damaged uniforms. Now the program is under a microscope after a contractor, hired by the school's band boosters- is charged with a sex crimes against a child.
Nicholas White, who's known as "Niqk" was arrested Thursday. According to court documents, the charges date back to two separates incidents in March.
Those documents go on to say, White had sexual contact with a student under his supervision or care, who was under the age of 18.
Powhatan schools say White met all the requirements and background checks the district has in place for volunteers and contractors. The sheriff's office says up until last week, Nicholas White was employed there.
According to his facebook page and the George Mason University Green Machine website, that wasn't the only school where White has worked. He reportedly spent time at Lee-Davis, Lloyd C. Bird and Colonial Heights High Schools.
Investigators want those schools or any who may have worked with White in the past to contact them, they're not sure if this is an isolated incident or has happened before.
Nicholas White is due back in November 12th.
STATEMENT FROM CHESTERFIELD COUNTY SCHOOLS:
PRESS RELEASE FROM POWHATAN SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
A contracted worker for the Powhatan County High School band department is under arrest, accused of taking indecent liberties with a child.Nicholas White, 23, was arrested by the Powhatan County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. The Chesterfield resident is charged with one felony count of taking indecent liberties with a child while maintaining a custodial or supervisory relationship and one misdemeanor count of willfully encourage or cause a child to become delinquent, in need of services, abused, or neglected.
Powhatan County Public Schools released the following statement:
"Mr. White was not an employee of Powhatan County Public Schools, but was hired as a contractor for the Powhatan High School Band Boosters. Mr. White met all of the contractor/volunteer requirements of the school division which included a criminal background check. We are cooperating with the Sheriff's Office with this investigation and any questions regarding this investigation will need to be directed to them."
The Sheriff's office says White may be working for or had worked for various other school districts - any school officials that have employed White should call Powhatan County Sheriff's Detective Jeffery S. Searfoss at (804) 598-5654.