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Shoplifting charge for Va. teacher

Josh White

A Prince William County high school biology teacher was arrested Friday while allegedly trying to steal more than $400 worth of clothes from an area store, police said Monday afternoon.

Prince William County police said Jennifer Leigh Clark, 26, of Woodbridge, was stopped while she and her boyfriend were trying to steal clothing from a Kohl's store on Foulger Square at about 8 p.m. on Friday. Police said the clothes were valued at about $416.

Clark. (Pr. William Police)

A store security officer noticed Clark and Irvin Geovanny Martinez, 22, of Woodbridge, attempting to steal the items and contacted police. Clark and Martinez are listed as having the same address on Lakota Drive in Woodbridge, and police said they are in a relationship.

Clark teaches biology at Osbourn Park High School, where summer school classes were scheduled to begin Monday. She was released on bond and has a court date scheduled for Aug. 31.

Prince William County Schools Spokesman Ken Blackstone said school officials found out about the incident Monday and are following the process to place Clark on administrative leave. Blackstone said Clark’s future with the school system will be determined after her court appearance. “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” he said.

Clark has been a full-time teacher with Prince William schools for three years and was a temporary employee for two years before that at Hylton High School. Blackstone said she was not scheduled to teach summer school this year.

The Prince William County school system is the largest employer in the county, with 10,000 employees, Blackstone said. Arrests of school employees don’t happen often, but this is the second in 2010. In March, Bennett Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Heber Ashbrook was charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl he met through Craigslist. Blackstone said Ashbrook is on administrative leave.

-- Josh White and Jennifer Buske

By Josh White  |  June 28, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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Good as someone who works in law enforcement (currently as an asset protection detective) I am thrilled to see this happened. There are always a certain type of person being followed around the stores and they dont look like her. But guess what all races steal.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | June 28, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

This is very sad. Sign of the economic times. Definitely stupid, don't get me wrong. However, I know what it's like to need new clothes and not have the cash. She doesn't look like a bad person. Just desperate. NO i'm not saying that because she's white so save it.

Posted by: FiatBooks | June 28, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Fiatbooks,I'm afraid you have lost the plot.
This is NOT a sign of economic times so dont try to justify a thief.She is on an above average wage,a full time teacher with another wage coming in by her partner. She should be on high with all the money.SO, she has a problem with either her budget, or just plain nasty little thief.I pick the latter.She thought she could get away with it,like they all do.She knew she would have the lame on her side because she is white,female,and employed. I would not bet on drugs being a side to this either.

Posted by: captgrumpy | June 28, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

White, twenty-six years old, if she isn't a "crack head" then she'is a meth head. Just look at the face, I'm willing to bet she has some kind of record. She was employed so where does her income go...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | June 28, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's not think this is the first time she has stolen from stores...a thief is a thief..she was not unemployed so that excuse is lame...but she soon will that is a problem...same for the boy friend....not his first time either...

Posted by: pentagon40 | June 28, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Another Leftist..

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 28, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

A career shot to he11. Her and her boyfriend... dumb and dumber.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 28, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Criminals... all ethnicities, huh? Should we cut off her hands?

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | June 28, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

If she would just read the spam that appears in the Post's comments sometimes she would know she can buy designer clothing at 80% off retail with free shipping.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | June 28, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

All races for sure commit crimes, naturally for this area her bf was Hispanic, oops.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 29, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Alright let me be clear. I AM NOT OK WITH WHAT SHE DID. She had a job (HAD? maybe she'll keep it?) so she could have paid for the clothes. I am also wondering whether meth played a part in this. She's a moron. OK I Hope that satisfied some of you.

Posted by: FiatBooks | June 29, 2010 5:33 AM | Report abuse

How often are mugshots of shoplifters put in the news?

Posted by: terelli | June 29, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

lock her up and throw away the key.

Posted by: lala22 | June 29, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

she should be arrested just for shopping at kohls.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 29, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I think this was a publicity stunt from Kohl's our clothes are in such demand it is worth steealing for....

Posted by: tsamm | June 29, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The people I arrest would amaze you. The best arrests are the ones who come in dressed in $1000.00 suits with great paying jobs that no one is watching who put steaks and sea food in the bottom of the shopping carts and cover it over with the 25lbs bag of dog/cat food and try to walk out of the store. They cant waste time stealing crest white stripes or razor blades like the avarege crackhead. Nooooo. Or use the scan guns and have 100 work of merchindise in the gun but 300 in the cart. Dont try this with me you will go to jail I can not stand a crook. I rather you just ask for what you want.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | June 29, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The girl's light-fingered.

Posted by: ceefer66 | June 29, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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