Former KFHS teacher sentenced

Published 11:02 pm Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A former King’s Fork High School teacher was sentenced this week to serve seven months on his third DUI conviction.

Robert Lamar Rogers, 42, of the 3700 block of Surry Road in Virginia Beach, was sentenced to five years, with four years and five months suspended.


He was arrested at 1:30 a.m. April 21 near his home. He taught government and sociology at King’s Fork High School.

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Rogers also was given a $2,500 fine with $1,500 suspended. Upon his release, he must maintain good behavior for five years and complete any substance abuse treatment programs assigned to him. His driver’s license has been revoked indefinitely, and he will be under supervised probation for an indefinite period of time.

The third offense of driving under the influence is a felony.

Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said Thursday that Rogers no longer is employed by the division.

“The school division works diligently to employ the best employees,” she said at the time of his arrest.

According to the school district’s personnel policy, only a handful of offenses automatically preclude a person from employment with Suffolk Public Schools. Driving under the influence is not among them.

“It is the policy of the School Board not to employ or to continue the employment of classified, professional or administrative personnel who may be deemed unsuited for service by reason of criminal conviction,” says the school district’s personnel policy.