John S. Battle teacher accused of sexual misconduct indicted by Bristol, Va. Grand Jury

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Robert Neal Mullins, Jr. was indicted by a Bristol, Va. Grand Jury Tuesday on two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Mullins still faces similar charges in Washington County, Va.

His trial has been scheduled for March 30 at 9 a.m. in Bristol, Va.

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Bristol Police Department officers have arrested a John S. Battle High School teacher after they said engaged in sexual misconduct with two 17-year-olds.

According to a BPD news release, a complaint was received on Nov. 25 from the Washington County, Va. Department of Social Services, which alleged that a 17-year-old student from John S. Battle had been involved in an incident with a teacher – Robert Neal Mullins, 48, of Bristol, Va., – at the high school.

The incident had reportedly happened in the Bristol, Va. city limits.

According to the release, an investigation revealed that Mullins had engaged in sexual misconduct with the student.

The initial investigation also reportedly revealed a sexual incident with a second 17-year-old student from the same school, which also occurred in the city of Bristol.

Mullins was arrested on Dec. 5 and was charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

He was taken to the Bristol, Virginia Jail, where he was being held without bond.

According to the release, Mullins was charged Tuesday in relation to the second incident.

Mullins was arraigned on Monday for the first charge in Bristol, Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and was arraigned Wednesday on the second charge.

His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 21, 2014 and he remains in jail without bond.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Ratliff said Mullins is still employed by the Washington County Virginia School System, but said he will not be teaching at John S. Battle High School as the investigation continues.

“Once the allegations were brought to the school administrators, we initiated an investigation and removed the employee from the school environment,” Ratliff said. 

Regarding his future with the school system, Ratliff said, “I will make a determination based upon the facts and make a recommendation to the Board.”

Ratliff said he wasn’t able to elaborate on Mullins’ employment status until a decision has been made by the Washington County School Board.

Mullins started working at John S. Battle High School in August 2005.

Recently, he taught social studies and was the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach.

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