Monday, August 2, 2010

Autism Teacher Charged With Child Cruelty


Centreville, Va. (WUSA) - A pre-school autism teacher has been suspended pending charges of child cruelty and a lesser charge of child abuse, according to Fairfax County Police.

Police said Jennah Christine Billeter, of Fairfax, physically assaulted and mistreated two boys, ages four and five, who were assigned to her class at Deer Park Elementary School, in the Centreville area.

School officials said they suspended Billeter the moment they found out about the charges. Officials said they immediately launched an investigation as a result of the allegations.

Billeter is charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and two charges of felony cruelty to children.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact Crime Solvers at (866) 411-TIPS (8477), or call Fairfax County Police at (703) 691-2131.