Thursday, September 29, 2016

June 2016: Montgomery County police charge 3rd-grade MCPS teacher with sex abuse

A “body safety” class for elementary school students in Montgomery County prompted an 11-year-old girl to report how a longtime teacher at the school allegedly had been improperly touching her for 18 months, according to recently filed court documents.

The girl’s disclosure led to a police investigation, which led to county detectives speaking with the girl and with a friend. On Monday, police charged third-grade teacher John Vigna, 49, with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and five counts of third-degree sexual offense, authorities said.
Vigna had taught at Cloverly Elementary School for 24 years before being put on administrative leave this year. He also helped run an after-school computer club and the school’s student safety patrol.

According to a police document filed in court Monday, Vigna forced one of the students to sit on his lap and held her there when she tried to leave. He also allegedly squeezed her buttocks at times when she hugged him goodbye. With the other student, Vigna is alleged to have improperly rubbed her while hugging her.
“I know that you agree that the behavior alleged in the charging document is both disturbing and disappointing,” Melissa Brunson, Cloverly’s principal, wrote in a letter to students’ parents Monday, adding that such actions “will not be tolerated or ignored.”..

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