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Special education teacher charged with sexual assault against students

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HURRICANE, WV -

David Gibson, a special education teacher's aide at Hurricane High School for more than 20 years, is charged with four counts of sexual assault against three students.

Police say Gibson, 59, gave students alcohol and engaged in sexual acts with them at his home on Hurricane Creek Road.

The most recent accuser is 21-years-old, and currently a special needs student.  The other two say they were assaulted 15-years-ago, when they were students.

"It's very disturbing when someone who's given the trust of the public, and they violate that trust," says Sgt. Cole Flowers of West Virginia State Police. "A teacher, or anyone, - it's very disturbing."

Gibson's neighbor and landlord had nothing to say except that he's shocked.

Gibson's friend had more to say.

"Dave was a good, moral person," says William Hodges, who says he does not believe the allegations.

His wife, Mary, agrees.

She says she was once cared for by Gibson when he worked at a nursing home.

"He had the greatest respect," says Mrs. Hodges. "He loved what he did up there, helping older people."

It was while investigating the latest incident that police say they got information about two potential victims from 15-years-ago.

Police say there could be more victims.

"We suspect that when we put this out, that there will be other victims coming forward," says Sgt. Flowers.

There is no statute of limitations for felonies.

If police get more credible accounts, there may be more charges against Gibson.