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Child sex offenders in Maryland Public Schools: Cronyism and Coverup!!!!

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) — More than 20 Montgomery County Public Schools employees or contract workers have been investigated for child sex abuse or exploitation since 2011.

Parents are extremely upset, not just by the alleged crimes but the fact that in many cases, complaints and warning signs were either ignored or disregarded by the school system.

WUSA9 counted 21 MCPS employees or contract workers who have been investigated for child sex abuse or exploitation in just the last four years. Many have been prosecuted.

“It’s heart-wrenching, it’s horrifying, it’s appalling. It’s absolutely unacceptable. And every parent watching this segment should be filled with outrage,” said Jennifer Alvaro, a parent and child sex abuse expert.

Music teacher Lawrence Joynes was arrested in 2013 and charged with sexually abusing 15 children at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School. Records show he repeatedly videotaped little girls sucking on large peppermint sticks. Police say he later photoshopped their faces onto pornographic images.

Records reveal that in 2011, because of previous complaints, the school’s principal ordered him not to touch or be alone with children, yet the alleged abuse continued. He’s also facing rape charges for an alleged assault on a student decades ago. Joynes now faces two trials this spring.

Read an excerpt from the statement of charges for Joynes:

“Lawrence Joynes advised that he has had several students in his class room during lunch time. The students are female students which he invites into his class room. Lawrence Joynes described how he has played games with his students, having the student suck on a peppermint stick. Lawrence Joynes also described how he had a student…suck on his finger. Lawrence Joynes demonstrated how he would move his finger in and out of the student’s mouth. Lawrence Joynes further advised that he would video tape himself sticking his finger in the student’s mouth. Lawrence Joynes stated that he would watch the videos of himself sticking his finger in the student’s mouth then masturbate while visualizing the student performing oral sex on him. Lawrence Joynes advised that [the student] was 7 or 8 years old at the time.”

2013 Joynes Rape Charges

“Why are we not stopping the presses, as they did at Penn State, as they did in the Catholic Church…we have a problem here,” said Susan Burkinshaw, a parent and child safety advocate.

John Epps Junior was a contract employee for MCPS who did work in 58 schools. Ironically, the security camera technician was caught on surveillance video grabbing the behind of a 12 year-old Baker Middle School student. He’s alleged to have done the same to a Damascus High School student. Court documents show Epps had a criminal history of groping women in public, of which the school system was unaware. He will go to trial in March for those school groping incidents.

“Nobody is listening. Nobody seems to want to make the right decisions and hard choices to fix this problem and protect our kids,” Burkinshaw said.

MCPS wouldn’t tell WUSA9 who is on it, but we’ve learned the school system keeps a “confidential database” of personnel who demonstrate “inappropriate or suspicious behavior” toward children – a watch list of suspected abusers who are working in area schools.

“It’s one of the most ludicrous, offensive things I’ve ever heard of being done. And I’ve worked in the field of child sexual abuse for 22 years,” Alvaro said.

“If we’re that worried about these individuals, they need to be removed from the classroom,” said Janis Sartucci of the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County.

Elementary school teacher Daniel Picca was terminated by MCPS but never criminally charged. His alleged abuse of children spanned 17 years, dating back to 1993. According to State Board of Education records, Picca had little boys take off their shirts, flex their muscles and slide back and forth on his lap, often photographing them. Yet, as his “punishment” he was moved from one elementary school to another again and again and again – from Rachel Carson to Luxmanor to Kemp Mill.

“If you’re banned at one school, that should be enough to get you banned from every school,” Sartucci said.

Picca still works with children and has a license to teach in Maryland.

MCPS declined our request for an on-camera interview, but a spokesman said the county has already begun the process of overhauling its system of recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect. In a January memo to the school board from former Superintendent Joshua Starr, he noted “the need for redesign has become apparent during the past several years.”

Georgia Lawmakers are on the Child Abusers Team
Lawmakers debate child sex abuse bill

Atlanta , Georgia – One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused by the age of 18. Their abusers rarely get caught. Victims of child sex abuse want their day in court.

On Wednesday, lawmakers debated a proposal that would strengthen protections for the victims. The Hidden Predator Act would extend the statute of limitations. That means victims would be able to file charges at a much older age.

Survivors say that could bring victims and their abusers out of the shadows.

“It allows victims to go into the courthouse and file suit, which makes things public,” said Justin Conway, an abuse survivor.

“You’re not by yourself. There are so many more who have gone through the same thing,” said Marilyn Motz, another survivor.

The bill also would grant victims access to sealed records so they can press charges.

Boy charged with attacking teacher

Boy trys to kidnap Teacher
14-year-old boy charged with attempted kidnapping

North Middle School suspect charged with attempted kidnapping

The suspect allegedly involved with Tuesday’s incident at North Middle School has been charged with attempted kidnapping, a felony.

Tony Ground, 14, of Great Falls made his initial appearance in Cascade County Youth Court on Wednesday.

Court documents say Ground approached the female teacher while she was working on the computer in her classroom after school. The report says Ground grabbed the teacher from behind, across her face, while holding a tissue. The affidavit indicates the teacher was injured in some manner by the force of Ground’s grip.

The teacher was able to break free from Ground’s grip, the document says, and Ground ran away at that time. The affidavit says school resource officers with the Great Falls Police Department did a systematic search while the school was on lockdown.

Officers were able to locate the suspect’s backpack using video surveillance cameras. The report says Ground threw the backpack in a trash can, and it contained the sweatshirt and ski mask he was reportedly wearing, along with belts, a neck tie, strips of fabric and photographs of females being tied up and forcibly restrained.

Ground was identified in the security video by Detective Aaron Frick, school resource officer assigned to North Middle School. The report says he was recorded putting on the mask and entering the teacher’s classroom.

Frick said this student has not been on his radar for bad behavior, making the incident especially surprising. Based on information in court documents, Frick said this is a serious incident warranting serious consequences.

“I don’t think it was a prank by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.

Ground was located in his after school study class and placed into custody. The affidavit says Ground and a parent spoke with investigators, and Ground first denied his involvement, but later admitted to the planning and executing the attack on the teacher. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center after his arrest.

His bond was set at $50,000 during his court appearance.

Fugitive sex offender caught

Texas Sex Offender
John Arthur Volker

Man on Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List arrested

AUSTIN, Texas – A man on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list was arrested in California on Monday.

John Arthur Volker was born in New Jersey but has lived most of his life in Texas.

In two separate incidents in 1991 and 1995, Volker had sexual contact with a three-year-old female and a nine-year-old female. Both victims came forward about the incidents in 1998. Volker received seven years’ probation in 1999 and was required to register for life as a sex offender.

At the time of his 1999 conviction, Volker was living in Humble, Texas, but moved a month later to Houston, where he failed to register.

In 2000, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office issued three warrants for Volker’s arrest for two counts of Indecency with a Child and one count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

In 1999, Volker had been working as a Restoration Technician and is not known to have held any employment since then.

John Arthur Volker, 50, was on the run for nearly 15 years before being arrested by the Long Beach Police Department for disorderly conduct. Authorities say Volker was wanted for violating his probation.

Volker is now awaiting extradition back to Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.


Florida is #1 Sex Offender State

The state of Florida has more than 57,000 registered sexual offenders, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The state also has the dubious distinction of having one of the highest proportions of sex offenders by population. In 2011, the Sentinel said, there were 307 registered offenders per 100,000 residents, topping both California and Texas for population density.