Police Charge Special Ed Teacher with Assault

Police Charge Special Ed Teacher with Assault



A Fairfax woman who worked as a special-education teacher has been charged with assaulting three students at White Oaks Elementary in Burke. She is Elizabeth Yoshimi Nagagata, 62. 

According to police, on April 12, Child Protective Services received a referral that a teacher was seen assaulting a student at school. Detectives began investigating and determined that, between September 2023 and April 2024 Nagagata, allegedly assaulted three students on separate occasions.

Detectives from the Police Department’s Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Abuse Squad then arrested Nagagata last Friday, June 21, charging her with seven counts of assault. She’s currently being held at the Adult Detention Center without bond.

Meanwhile, specialists from the Police Department’s Victim Services Division were assigned to ensure that the children involved receive appropriate resources and assistance.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have information about this case or others possibly related. Those with information are asked to call the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 4.