Police arrest teacher for rape of student; fear there may be more victims

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Police say based on this investigation, the Division is concerned there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward.

WILMINGTON, DE (DNTV): A teacher’s relationship with a 15-Year-Old Wilmington student has investigators eye brows raising in fear there may be other victims, according to a news release from New Castle County Police.

Police say Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit were made aware that a  15-year-old student came forward and reported that they were having a sexual relationship with their teacher “Mr. James”.

Police Photo | James L. Garfield

Police say the detectives’ investigation revealed  that “Mr. James” was a teacher at High Road School of Delaware located on 1200 N French Street in the City of Wilmington and James L. Garfield was identified by detectives as the teacher at the school.

Investigators say the victim further positively identified him and evidence was recovered that corroborated the disclosures.

According to a news release, on Friday July 15, 2022, a search warrant was authored and executed for Garfield’s  residence located on the unit block of Norway Avenue. He was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.

There he was charged with two counts of felony Rape 3rd degree Sexual Penetration Victim Under 16 Years Old, and two counts of felony Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Person of Trust 1st Degree. 

Garfield was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to  Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.

Police say based on this investigation, the Division is concerned there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward. Detectives are asking anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation or the defendant James Garfield to contact Detective Alex Laux at (302)395-2756 or via e-mail Alex.Laux@newcastlede.gov or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Police.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302)-395-8000.

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