LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday, a former teacher and coach at a Lynchburg middle school pleaded guilty to several counts of burglary and petit larceny after he reportedly broke into a woman’s home and stole her underwear last year.
According to officials, 41-year-old Kevin Conway entered guilty pleas on Tuesday, June 8 to six counts of burglary and six counts of petit larceny from incidents that occurred between May and July of 2020.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg — Bethany Harrison — says Conway was discovered inside a woman’s closet in a Lynchburg townhome on July 27, 2020.
The woman reportedly told Conway to leave, chased him out of her home, and then stayed outside with a neighbor and Conway to make sure he did not leave the scene before police arrived.
“Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department interviewed Conway. Conway stated that he was a neighbor of the young woman. He found her and her roommate attractive and had watched them. He broke into their townhome 10 times since May of 2020. He entered the townhome through a kitchen window that was left unlocked. The women kept knickknacks on the windowsill so he photographed the arrangement of the items so that he could put them in their original place when he left the townhome through the same window. Conway said he was curious as to what a women’s apartment looked like. He admitted he took the underwear of the women in the townhome and used the underwear to masturbate. Conway told police that he kept women’s underwear in a box in his bedroom. LPD Officers obtained a search warrant for Conway’s home and found the box of women’s underwear.”Bethany Harrison, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg
According to Tuesday’s statement from Harrison, Conway’s attorney told the court his client was a teacher at Linkhorne Middle School and was “in a depressed state” at the time of the offense.
Lynchburg City Schools told WFXR News in July 2020 that Conway — a math teacher and cross country coach — had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Officials say Conway was originally charged with 11 counts of burglary and nine counts of petit larceny, but after consulting with the victims of the offense, the Commonwealth agreed to dismiss five counts of burglary and three counts of petit larceny if Conway pleaded guilty to six counts of burglary and six counts of petit larceny.
Officials say is no agreement about Conway’s sentence at this time. However, he will continue to be held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 15.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kelsey Brown prosecuted the case while Chuck Felmlee served as Conway’s defense attorney.