VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The former school security assistant accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl will remain behind bars until his trial.
24-year-old Rapheal Shields was denied bond on Tuesday. He worked at Salem Middle School in Virginia Beach at the time of his arrest.
“The whole story will come out eventually and we believe that story will prove that Mr. Shields is innocent of these charges,” said Shields’ attorney Matt Morris.
Morris says people have only heard one side of the story.
“I’m sure this is a tough situation for Mr. Shields,” Morris added. “He believes he is innocent and he maintains his innocence.”
Prosecutors say Shields picked up the young girl at her home November 24 at 2:30 in the morning, and drove her to his townhouse where they had sex.
“We are looking at a 14-year-old minor’s word, a minor who is alleged to have some sort of trouble in the home and other conduct concerning herself with regards to this,” Morris said.
On Tuesday in court Shields was hoping to get out on bond. The judge denied the request, because she believed he could be a threat to the community.
10 On Your Side learned Shields has a fiancée who has four small children. She told the judge Shields is very caring and she’s not afraid to have him around them.
“There have never been any allegations of conduct with them,” Morris added. “There have never been any allegations with other girls at the school.”
Prosecutors say that might not be the case. They told the judge Shields admitted to messaging other girls telling they they are “beautiful.” They fear there are more victims out there.
Prosecutors told the judge two guns and more than a pound of marijuana were also found in Shields’ home by police.
He will be back in court January 24 for a preliminary hearing.