FCPS Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assaults of Student in 1994-95

Franconia Police District – A Fairfax County Public Schools teacher is in custody for sexually assaulting a student more than twenty years ago. Detectives assigned to our Major Crimes Bureau Child Abuse Squad recently learned of the unlawful sexual contact and began an investigation. Last night, detectives arrested Marc Damon Cheatham, 51, of Woodbridge. He was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy (victim under 12), aggravated sexual assault (victim under 13), and producing obscene materials involving a minor. At the time of the assaults, Cheatham was a teacher at Barden Elementary School on Fort Belvoir. He taught at Barden Elementary School between 1993-1998. He is currently being held at the County’s Adult Detention Center without bond.

Cheatham has been a teacher with FCPS for 29 years. At the time of his arrest, he was employed at Holmes Middle School since 2017. While employed with FCPS, he also taught at Mount Eagle Elementary School (1992-1993), Fort Belvoir Elementary School (1998-2000), Groveton Elementary School (2000-2004), Lorton Station Elementary School (2004-2006), Terra Centre Elementary School (2006-2010), and Newington Forest Elementary School (2010-2017).

Detectives are seeking anyone who has information about this investigation or may have had inappropriate contact with Cheatham to call our Major Crimes Bureau detectives at 703-246-7800, option 3. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web –Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

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