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Potomac High School teacher assaults cop during investigation

LANHAM, Md. (WUSA9) -- Virginia State Police say a high school teacher who is accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor assaulted an officer during the investigation.

Potomac High School teacher Linda Burke, 41, assaulted a Virginia State Police special agent while being interviewed on June 11, officials say.

State Police began investigating the allegations of inappropriate contact between Burke and a minor at the request of the Prince William County Police Department.

Linda Burke, who lives in Manassas, teaches English as a second language at the school. She has been with the school system since 2003 and is currently on administrative leave.

She has been charged with one count of felony assault on a police officer and one misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice, police say.

Both incidents are under investigation. Burke is scheduled to appear in court on July 8. She has been released on her own recognizance.

The following letter was sent to ESOL student at Potomac High School:

Dear Potomac High School Parents and Guardians:

In the interest of open communication with our community, I am writing to advise you that ESOL Teacher, Ms. Linda Burke, is currently on administrative leave pending investigation and resolution of a legal matter.

While confidentiality rules prevent me from sharing additional details, you should be aware that the investigation involves an allegation of inappropriate contact with a student, as well an alleged assault on a police officer. Virginia State Police are leading the investigation.

Despite Ms. Burke's absence, please rest assured that appropriate, qualified substitutes are in place to address student needs for the remainder of the school year.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Michael Wright,