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MCPS elementary school lunch aide arrested for child porn

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Sean R. Kelley 1Maryland State Police arrested MCPS elementary school aide Sean Kelley Friday on 10 counts of child pornography-related charges. COURTESY PHOTO  State police on Friday, Jan. 5 arrested a Silver Spring public elementary school cafeteria worker on 10 counts of child pornography-related charges. The school's principal sent a letter to parents and guardians of children who attend the school informing them of the arrest that same day.

Officers of the Maryland State Police charged Cloverly Elementary School employee Sean Kelley with seven counts of possession of imagery of an individual under the age of 16 engaged in sexual conduct and three counts of distribution of imagery of a minor engaged in sexual conduct.

According to a Jan. 5 letter sent by Cloverly Elementary School Principal Melissa Brunson, authorities believe the images associated with the charges were downloaded from the internet and are not of Montgomery County Public School students.

MCPS Spokesman Derek Turner said Kelley was placed on administrative leave Sept. 12.  

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Protesters support Vigna

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Two dozen people wearing white t-shirts gathered Friday afternoon to proclaim their solidarity with convicted child sex abuser and former Cloverly Elementary School teacher John Vigna.

On Friday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge David Boynton sentenced Vigna to 48 years in prison for four counts of sexual abuse of a minor and five counts of third-degree sexual offense. “These kids are having a very hard time,” said State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy. “For anybody who thinks that the kids who are victims in this case are not continuing to suffer trauma from what happened to them, well you’ve go it wrong -- you got it wrong.”

Vigna was arrested last June after two 11-year-old victims told administration that Vigna sexually abused them. According to court documents, Vigna sexually abused one student at Cloverly Elementary School where he was a teacher, by squeezing her buttock and making her sit on his lap. Vigna abused another student by hugging her and squeezing her buttock. One of the victims told his or her parents after school one day about incident where Vigna hugged and squeezed his or her buttock. Police then interviewed both victims and charged Vigna when he turned himself in.

Police said Vigna sexually abused the victims during the 2013- 2014 and 2015-2016 school years.

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