Chesterfield Police: Teacher arrested for making child pornography

Published: May. 31, 2017 at 7:49 PM EDT|Updated: May. 31, 2017 at 11:31 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police have arrested and charged a teacher, who they say sexually assaulted and produced child pornography involving a girl related to him. This happened over a period of several years, according to police. The principal sent a letter home to parents.

"It's disgusting. You send your kids to school so they can be safe and learn and you have pedophiles as their teachers," she said. "I said, 'Oh my gosh, that's my daughter's teacher," said parent Jessica Cowick.

David P. Kielbowick Jr., 53, a science teacher at James River High School and an assistant coach for the school's crew team, was arrested on Wednesday and was charged with rape, two counts or object sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of indecent liberties with a child by a custodian, and three counts of producing child pornography.

"He's been teaching me all year," said 9th grader Alexis Cowick, who never suspected anything out of the ordinary.

"He's a pretty good teacher. He's an active teacher. Everybody passed the SOL except one person I thought, so he's a good teacher…He would hand papers out and tell everyone to sit down. And tell us what we have to do for the day, and we would get to work," Alexis Cowick said.

Police received a report on May 25 that school employees found inappropriate photos in a book belonging to Kielbowick. Through the investigation, police determined that Kielbowick had sexually assaulted a girl related to him and produced child pornography involving the girl.

Chesterfield County Public Schools released a response:

These are very serious charges.  The employee has been removed from and is not currently working in our schools.  The school division continues to work with Chesterfield Police regarding their investigation.

James River High School Principal Dr. Jennifer C. Coleman sent a letter home to parents that says:


I want to share with you that Chesterfield Police has notified the school division that a member of our faculty has been arrested.  I have attached a copy of the news release from Chesterfield Police.MR - Police Arrest Man for Rape, Production of Child Pornography 5-31-2017.doc

Since this is a criminal investigation, there are no additional details which I am able to provide other than that which the police department has listed in their news release.

The school division is releasing the following statement: "These are very serious charges.  The employee has been removed from and is not currently working in our schools.  The school division continues to work with Chesterfield Police regarding their investigation."

Please do not hesitate to contact the school or the police department if you have specific concerns.  This is not the message that I want to share with you but I want to be sure you receive the information that we are able to provide.  I sincerely appreciate your continued support of our school.

Jennifer C. Coleman, Ph.D.

"I mean, it's messed up. A teacher here with a whole lot of students to hear that happening, it's kind of hitting too close, I guess," said student Brandon Jones.

"I wasn't expecting my teacher to be a rapist or take pictures of little kids or nothing," Alexis Cowick said.

"I definitely think he should not be around kids if he's charged with those kinds of charges," Jessica Cowick added.

Officers say they currently are not aware of any other victims in this case.

Kielbowick, of Chesterfield, is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

Chesterfield Schools says the teacher is no longer employed with the school district.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Chesterfield Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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