Former Bradford Teacher, Jailed For Sex Crimes, Dies in Va. Prison

Petersburg, Va. — A former Bradford, Vt., teacher serving a 25-year-sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges involving some of his students has died in prison.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Richard Foster, 57, died Feb. 9 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Petersburg, Va. U.S.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said he did not know the cause of Foster’s death.

Foster, who had taught in Orange County schools for two decades before his September 2007 arrest, was charged with a variety of offenses after police found sexually explicit photographs Foster sent by cell phone to a former student who had moved to Florida. Investigators subsequently discovered additional sexually explicit images involving another sixth-grade student.

He was initially charged with a variety of state offenses. About a year after his arrest, Foster pleaded guilty to two federal child pornography charges. He was later sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“It’s an end to a sad chapter in Bradford’s history,” said Mark Johnson, who was chairman of the Bradford Elementary School board, when Foster was charged.