Jaquese Whorley, 31 of Roanoke, was arrested and charged by the Salem Police Department on Jan. 8 with two counts of taking indecent liberties with children and two counts of use of communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children, according to a spokesperson for the city of Salem.
The arrest stemmed from a Jan. 4 complaint by two female students who are under the age of 18. Whorley had been an instructional assistant at Andrew Lewis Middle School since October 2022. Following the complaint, the police department and Department of Social Service-Child Protective Services were notified. Whorley was subsequently placed on administrative leave, with parents of the students being notified.
A day later, on Jan. 5, Whorley was terminated by Salem City Public Schools.
Following his arrest on Jan. 8, Whorley was held without bond at the Roanoke County-Salem Jail.
Officials said on Monday that the investigation is ongoing.