The Harrison County Sheriff's Department said in a press release, that on Thursday at 3 p.m., the department executed a search warrant at the home of a Salem teacher.
Tim Arrington, 36, of Salem, was arrested and charged with one count of child abuse by a guardian.
Arrington is a teacher at the Miracle Meadows School, a faith-based residential school. He is accused of choking a child resident to the point of unconsciousness. A student told investigators that after waking up from being unconscious, he discovered he was handcuffed in his room. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services have taken 19 children into custody, ages ranging from 10 to 17. Arrington told investigators that he had restrained multiple male students, up to and including handcuffing them, according to a criminal complaint filed by Sgt. R.G. Waybright II.
The Sheriff's Department is investigating alongside the Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney. They are conducting an investigation into the treatment of the children residing at the Miracle Meadows School. The department was also assisted by the West Virginia State Police and The Bridgeport Police Department.
Arrington is out of jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.