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.  


Fatal collision may bring additional charges to suspect who fled scene

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Montgomery County Police are considering additional charges for a 24-year-old Bethesda man who was arrested for driving under the influence Saturday evening after the man fled on foot from an accident that left a 56-year-old man dead.

Police responded to a vehicular collision Saturday at 11:14 p.m. at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Congressional Lane in Rockville. Mark Steven Andrade, of the 7500 block of Democracy Blvd., was turning left onto Congressional Lane from northbound Rockville Pike when he collided with Ross Stanley Redler, of the 5900 block of Halpine Road. Redler was traveling southbound on Rockville Pike operating a 2014 Tao Tao scooter.


Parents express concern to police about man charged with conducting illegal surveillance of kids

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Jonathan Oldale MCP courtesy photoJonathan Oldale at the time of his arrest. COURTESY PHOTO

CHEVY CHASE — Parents of children from Somerset Elementary School questioned Montgomery County Police officials Wednesday evening for not informing them of a months-long investigation which culminated in the arrest of a man with deep community ties for allegedly hiding a camera in a bathroom at a local children's gymnastics center.

"These are our children," a parent yelled out at a meeting with police Wednesday. "We found out in October. That's totally unacceptable!"

More than 60 people attended the community meeting in the National 4-H Conference Center on Connecticut Avenue in response to the arrest of Chevy Chase resident Jonathan Oldale. Police arrested Oldale Oct. 18. He is charged with one count of “conducting visual surveillance of an individual in a private place without his/her consent with prurient intent” – a misdemeanor which carries a potential of one year in jail or a $2500 fine. 


Man arrested for secret video surveillance in children's gym

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Suspect may have deep ties to local community, including local PTA and Cub Scouts

Jonathan Oldale MCP courtesy photoJonathan Oldale at the time of his arrest. COURTESY PHOTOA Chevy Chase man arrested in October for conducting nonconsensual visual surveillance in a private place is may have ties to a local elementary school parent-teacher association, according to two PTA newsletters from September 2016.

Police arrested Jonathan Oldale, 54, Oct. 18 concluding a nearly five-month-long investigation, according to an Oct. 27 police press report. Police began investigating Oldale in May after an employee of the Silver Star Gymnastics and Fitness Club reported finding a backpack containing a concealed camera under a "wet floor" sign on the floor of a bathroom. 

Montgomery County Police are hosting a public safety community meeting Wednesday Nov. 1 at 7:15 p.m. at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase to address parents’ concerns surrounding Oldale's arrest. 


MCPS unaware of investigation prior to HS counselor’s arrest for sex crimes

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ColinBlack e1508424533352MCPS officials said they were unaware of police investigation of Colin Black prior to his arrest.  FILE PHOTO  Officials from Montgomery County Public Schools said they were unaware police had been conducting an investigation of a local high school guidance counselor for sexual assault allegations until the man was arrested this week. The investigation began nearly seven months ago, according to Montgomery County Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti.

"We just learned of the investigation and arrest yesterday," Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said.

Colin S. Black, 33, a guidance counselor at Albert Einstein High School, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of second-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault, according to an Oct. 19 MCPD press release.


Two arrested in possible gang-related murder

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Jesus Ponce Flores, 18, COURTESY PHOTO 

Montgomery County police said they arrested and charged two local males Tuesday regarding the murder of a 20-year-old man, whose body was found in a creek in Silver Spring Sept. 6.

The man, 20-year-old Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra, was reported missing Sept. 3.

The Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide by multiple stab wounds, according to an Oct. 18 Montgomery County Police press release.


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.


Metro Transit Police arrest suspect in Red Line shooting

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jermaine brown 1Metro Transit Police arrested Jermaine Brown, 18, in connection with a shooting incident on a Red Line train near Takoma station. COURTESY PHOTO Metro Transit Police arrested Jermaine Brown, 18, of Seat Pleasant on Sunday in connection with a shooting that occurred on the  Red Line  near Takoma Metro Station the same day.

The shooting occurred aboard a Red Line train before the train crossed the D.C. border to reach Takoma Metro Station around 3 p.m., Metro officials said. The victim, Brown’s 14-year-old half-brother, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. A Metro Transit Police officer at Takoma rendered first aid to the victim, who was transported to a local hospital and remained in stable condition as of Monday morning.


When does the victim becomes the accused?

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Courts frequently are called upon in criminal cases to decide at what point a person is in custody or under arrest so that he is required to be read his “Miranda” rights and told of the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning.
Sometimes that line is quite blurry, as illustrated by a case last month from Maryland’s highest Court called Terrance Brown v. State of Maryland.
The majority opinion in this 5- 2 decision indicates that Brown called 911 indicating he had been injured, and when State Police found him they took him to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Several hours later, police came to the hospital and took Brown to the police station, after assuring him he was not under arrest and they saw him as the victim.
They told him they wanted to question him about the incident, but that they would accommodate him if he wanted to leave.
After six minutes of questioning in which Brown allegedly made statements placing himself at the scene of a fatal shooting, they advised him of his Miranda rights.
Brown was charged with first degree murder.


Rockville officer injured in crash

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IMG 009A Rockville police officer suffered minor injuries this week after a car accident. PHOTO BY JIM DAVIS  

A Rockville city police officer was released from the hospital with minor injuries after an automobile accident in his cruiser Saturday night.

Duglan Renan Claros Cruz, 22, was charged with driving under the influence after he hit Rockville City Police Officer Seth Creel, who was traveling southbound near the 1000 block of Rockville Pike. Police say Claros Cruz’s while driving his 1997 Honda struck Creel’s cruiser as he was attempting to make a left turn.

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