SUFFOLK - A Suffolk high school teacher is facing drunken driving charges.

Virginia Beach Police pulled over Robert Rogers 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Suffolk Schools was on spring break at the time.

Rogers, 42, who lives in Va. Beach, is a sociology teacher at Kings Fork High School.

Online court records state this is Rogers' third DUI charge within 5-10 years.

Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw confirmed that criminal background checks are done before a teacher is hired; however, a drunken driving offense doesn't keep someone from being hired.

'The school division works diligently to employ the best employees. We do a criminal background check, contact the applicant's references, review transcripts and licenses, and conduct interviews,' she said.

Among the convictions that could stop a teacher from getting a job include murder and sexual assault.

Bradshaw said she couldn't comment on Rogers' status because it's a personnel matter.

Rogers is in jail without bond and is due in court May 5.

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