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Local educators charged with child sex abuse in separate cases

Cory Boatman Roy SimmonsCory Boatman (left) and Roy Simmons (right). COURTESY PHOTOS  Police arrested two Montgomery County Public Schools staff members last week in separate incidents involving child sex abuse charges. 

Police charged Cory Boatman, 27, a teacher and an assistant football coach at Montgomery Blair High School, Oct. 6 with sexual abuse of a minor for an alleged sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student.

According to police, Boatman began sending the student "suggestive text messages" in early August. In late August, Boatman allegedly picked up the victim at her residence and drove her to his address where they engaged in sexual intercourse. Boatman was placed on administrative leave Monday, Sept. 25. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3.

Roy A. Simmons III, a 41-year-old afterschool program facilitator for Kids Adventure, was charged Oct. 3 with one count of second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree sex offense involving a 10-year-old girl at Carderock Springs Elementary School in Bethesda, according to a police report.

The alleged offense occurred in November 2016 when Simmons, a group leader, inappropriately touched the child when she was separated from students. Police said Simmons admitted to the inappropriate contact during a police interview. At the time of the incident, Simmons was also employed as a temporary para-educator at Carderock, a job he had held since the fall of 2015, according to MCPS.

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Former elementary school teacher found guilty of sexual abuse of students

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ROCKVILLE — A former Montgomery County Public Schools teacher was found guilty Friday of sexual abuse of students.

After nine hours of deliberation Friday night, a jury found John Vigna, 50, of Silver Spring, guilty of four counts of sex abuse of a minor and five counts of third-degree sex offense, according to Ramon Korionoff, spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

John McCarthy, state’s attorney for Montgomery County said Vigna was arrested in June of 2016 after five Cloverly students, both current and former, reported that they had been touched inappropriately while sitting in Vigna's lap during the school day. Victims came forward after taking a mandated body safety class which helped them understand inappropriate contact.

“Body safety classes instituted by MCPS helped expose this child sex offender,” said McCarthy. “We commend the jury for working hard through a Friday night to render this verdict. It holds John Vigna accountable.”

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Man found guilty of repeated rape

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ROCKVILLE – A jury found a Silver Spring man guilty of nine counts of sexual abusing his ex-girlfriend’s daughter Aug. 18.

“This case is about a 12-year-old girl who was asleep in her bed, who was brutally and repeatedly raped by someone she considered a father or at the very least, a step-father,” said prosecutor Elizabeth Haynos.

According to police, 35-year-old Kester Cuthbert raped and sexually abused his victim during the course of two years from January 2013 to January 2015.

He is due back in court in October for sentencing and faces a maximum of 190 years in prison.

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Some say MCPS too slow

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MCPS logoROCKVILLE – Some involved in a workgroup set up to address problems of sex abuse in public schools say MCPS is moving too slowly to handle the problem.

On Monday, the County Council’s Education Committee received a briefing on a report issued by Montgomery County Public Schools’ Child Abuse and Neglect Work Group.

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Church defends itself following conviction of former clergyman

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1nate-moralesROCKVILLE - The fallout from the May 14 trial of Nathaniel Morales continues for Covenant Life Church and Sovereign Grace Ministries. Covenant Life Church founder and current senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville C.J. Mahaney released a statement through the church denying he protected Morales against the claims made by victims in the criminal and civil suits.

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Long time clergyman convicted of sexual abuse

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1nate-moralesGAITHERSBURG - A Montgomery County Circuit Court jury found former Covenant Life Church youth pastor and teacher Nathaniel Morales guilty last week on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual offense. Morales was indicted on charges of sexually abusing three boys from the ages of 11-18 from 1983 to 1991. 

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