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Report: Baptist Hill teacher had illicit sexual relationship with W. Va. student for years

Exceprt from West Virginia Dept. of Education document detailing revocation of Jack G. Dailey's teaching license. (Provided)

In August 2011, a now suspended Baptist Hill High School teacher grabbed a teenage boy in the parking lot of a Charleston, West Virginia shopping center, forced the boy into the back of his car trunk, and sped away.

When police responding to multiple 911 calls about the incident eventually stopped Jack G. Dailey and questioned him about it, the educator explained it was simply a prank involving his Poca High School tennis team, a report from the West Virginia Dept. of Education (WVDE) shows.

In the vehicle with Dailey for that alleged prank were several members of the tennis team, including a then 17-year-old boy who Dailey had been warned multiple times to avoid contacting outside professional settings, WVDE officials say.

At the time, Putnam County, West Virginia school officials already had records of "repeated inappropriate behavior and poor judgment" by Dailey involving that particular student dating to June 2011.

It was then a family member reported Dailey buying the student gifts, letting him use his personal vehicle, and taking the student on trips, WVDE documents show.

Seven years later, WVDE officials say they have evidence Dailey's relationship with that student was "sexually inappropriate," among other bizarre accusations that include claiming the student as a "son," and posing online as a female modeling agent to solicit nude photos from the student.

As a result, Dailey has permanently lost his teaching license in West Virginia, and has lost it at least temporarily in South Carolina.

'SUBSTANTIAL RISK'
On Oct. 31, 2018, the S.C. Board of Education suspended Dailey's license, five days after the WVDE permanently revoked it. The Charleston County School District has also placed Dailey on administrative leave, the BOE says.

West Virginia's permanent revocation was spurred by Dailey lying on a background check about his relationship with the boy, as well as his work discipline history, the agency says.

The lies were discovered when Dailey attempted to secure a new job with the WVDE in 2017, the agency says in documents released to ABC News 4.

Dailey reportedly claimed on his job application he'd never resigned from an education job amid accusations of misconduct, and that he'd never been disciplined, suspended or even investigated over such allegations.

In reality, WVDE says Dailey resigned from Poca High School in May 2012 amid accusations he'd forged the signature of the student's legal guardian on a permission slip for a field trip to Washington D.C.

The resignation followed two 10-day suspensions in August and December 2011, both related to Dailey's ongoing relationship with the student. He was also forced to step down as Poca High's tennis coach over the relationship.

Dailey had been allowed to return to the classroom following the December 2011 suspension despite a psychologist's warning that his behavior was unlikely to change, saying there was a "substantial risk" of further misconduct, per the WVDE.

Dailey was ordered to undergo a psychological assessment as part of that December 2011 suspension. During the interview, Dailey told the psychologist he considered the student "family," and questioned how the school district could control his family activities, the WVDE says.

On the job application he submitted to the WVDE in 2017, Dailey said he was moving back to West Virginia from South Carolina after enrolling his "son" in graduate school here.

Dailey even says on his biography page for Baptist Hill High School that he's a widower who moved to South Carolina after his son began attending Coastal Carolina University graduate school.

According to the WVDE, however, there is no evidence Dailey has a son; rather, the WVDE believes Dailey was falsely passing off this former student as his son on the job application.

INVESTIGATION & REVELATIONS
The West Virginia Dept. of Education says it began a formal investigation of Dailey in January 2018 after he applied for a job teaching in a juvenile facility through the WVDE Office of Diversion and Transition Programs.

When cross-referencing his application with his old WVDE employment records, state officials learned Dailey hadn't disclosed his previous suspensions.

The investigation prompted WVDE staff to call the former student in for questioning about what was really going on six years earlier.

In his testimony, the former student claims the scope of his relationship with Dailey was greater than officials knew.

The student says by the time the first complaints against Dailey were made in June 2011, he'd actually moved into Dailey's house, a fact kept secret from school administrators until recently.

While they lived together, the former student says Dailey began inappropriately touching him. It began with Dailey putting lotion on his back in the mornings before school, but eventually progressed to sexual fondling, the student testified.

Dailey also took pictures of him in his underwear, the student claims, and encouraged him to express his beauty. Dailey went so far as to pose online as a female modeling agent in an attempt to get nude photos of him, the student says.

After graduating high school, the student says Dailey tried to control his life by isolating him from his college friends and his family, and monitoring his social media and phone activity.

NEW DETAILS
Following up on its investigation of Dailey, the West Virginia Board of Education in September 2015 sent the S.C. Dept. of Education a transcript of its hearing with the student, revealing the allegations to South Carolina education officials.

The Charleston County School District learned of the allegations from the state on October 8, and placed Dailey on administrative leave that day, CCSD spokesman Andy Pruitt says.

Dailey was hired by CCSD on Aug. 13, 2018. A background check on Dailey returned no criminal history prior to his employment, Pruitt says.

No criminal charges have been filed against Dailey in connection to his relationship with the West Virginia student at this time, but WVDE spokesperson Kristin Anderson says the former student and WVDE officials have relayed information to law enforcement.

Dailey's West Virginia teaching license would not have been flagged for disciplinary issues at the time he began working for the Charleston County School District in South Carolina, Anderson says.

West Virginia and South Carolina honor the teaching licenses of educators in each state through a national reciprocity agreement.

(WCIV's Anne Emerson contributed to this report.)



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