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.  


Fire marshal killed in car crash honored at funeral

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Fire Marshal Memorial Service 3Fellow firefighters were among the many who gathered at B’Nai Israel Congregation in Rockville to honor and mourn Deputy Chief Sander Cohen with the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal. Cohen was killed Dec. 8 when he and FBI Agent Carlos Wolff, were struck and killed by a vehicle after Cohen stopped to assist Wolff on I-270.  COURTESY PHOTO  ROCKVILLE — His winning smile, constant jokes, and his desire to help others will be what those who knew Deputy Chief Sander Benjamin Cohen will remember most about him.

Cohen, a 33-year-old Deputy Chief in the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal with nine years on the job – was killed on Dec. 8 as he attempted to assist 36-year-old FBI Agent Carlos Wolff on southbound I-270 north of Gude Drive.

Cohen was off-duty and driving home when he stopped to provide assistance to Wolff, an FBI Supervisory Special Agent whose car was blocking the left lane after a single-car accident. As Cohen and Wolff stood on the left shoulder of the highway, another car struck both men, propelling them over the center barrier and killing them both.

It was Cohen’s tendency to take selfless actions like those which more than 1,900 people – the vast majority clad in uniforms of police, fire, and emergency medical services – intended to celebrate as they gathered six days later at the B’Nai Israel Congregation in Rockville.


Fire Marshal and FBI agent die in car crash

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Deputy Chief Sander CohenDeputy Chief Sander Cohen, 33, of the State Fire Marshall's Office (shown above) and FBI Agent Carlos Wolff, were struck and killed by a vehicle after Cohen stopped to assist Wolfe on I-270. COURTESY PHOTO  

A deputy chief from the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal and an FBI agent are dead after a driver in a Honda Accord struck and killed them both Friday night.

Deputy Chief Sander Cohen, 33, stopped to assist FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36, who had been in a single-vehicle crash southbound on Interstate Highway 270, Maryland State Police said.

Cohen – who grew up in Rockville and was a graduate of Winston Churchill High School – was also a member of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, where he held the rank of Lieutenant and had volunteered for over 14 years, beginning at the age of 19.

“It [the Rockville fire station] was his family,” said Rockville VFD President Eric Bernard. “He wasn’t married, so he would come see people working on the other shifts.”

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