Teacher at D.C. charter school arrested on
Child Sex Abuse charges
Washington, DC – A teacher at a high-performing D.C. charter school was arrested Friday on charges of child sex abuse, according to police and school officials.
Police said Saturday that Manuel Garcia Fernandez, 35, had sexual contact on multiple occasions with two female victims and one male victim from Aug. 17 to Feb. 6. He was charged with three counts of second-degree child sexual abuse.
Fernandez taught at a Northeast Washington campus of the Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School, according to an email to parents from the school’s executive director, Diane Cottman. The school’s website listed him as an elementary teacher.
Fernandez has been banned from LAMB’s premises, Cottman wrote Friday. She said the school had communicated with parents in the “impacted community,” but could not disclose further details.
“We know that this will raise many questions which we are currently not at liberty to answer and or may not be able to answer,” she wrote. “These allegations have deeply affected the entire LAMB community — the board, teachers, parents and students alike. LAMB is committed to its families, and the safety and well-being of our students is our paramount concern.”
Cottman did not respond to a request for comment.
LAMB, which also has a campus in Northwest, enrolled a total of about 375 students in preschool through fifth grade last school year. It is one of the most highly regarded charter schools in the city.
Two Kansas school administrators charged
with failing to report suspected Child Abuse
LA CYGNE, KS – Two Kansas school administrators have been accused of failing to report suspected child abuse.
Tuesday’s charges involve allegations about a former teacher at Prairie View High School in La Cygne, Kansas. That teacher is accused of having sex with a student. And authorities said there are indications that administrators did not report earlier suspicions.
Tim Weis is the Principal at Prairie View. Chris Kleidotsy was the Superintendent of Schools in Linn County last year – now he’s the Superintendent in Tonganoxie.
The charges revolve around behavior at the high school by former teacher Keaten Krell.
Krell taught Sophomore English at the school for five years. He was arrested last May and charged with engaging in sexual behavior with at least one of his students.
Now that principal and the former superintendent are accused of not reporting other potential sex crimes by the teacher before the incidents for which he’s now charged.
The law says school administrators are mandatory reporters.
In this town of 2,000 – the allegations are another bombshell compounding what already happened when Krell was charged.
“All the ones involved should be arrested,” said parent Christy Mohr. “We entrust them with our kids, and kids have been telling, and ain’t nothing been done.”
Bot administrators were taken into custody. They are not allowed to be near anyone under the age of 18, or near any accredited Kansas school while these charges are pending.
Tutor charged with Child Abuse after boy, 7, suffers fractured jaw
Baltimore, MD – A Baltimore school tutor has been fired and charged with multiple counts of felony child abuse after a student in his care was left with a fractured jaw and two missing teeth.
Trayvon Grayson’s mother says the 7-year-old suffered the injuries when the tutor threw him against a wall for acting unruly.
“I looked in the ambulance and there’s my son, his face big, mouth bloody. I turned to the man, ‘I said, ‘This isn’t regular restraint,” Lateekqua Jackson told CNN affiiliate WBFF.
The incident happened at the City Springs Elementary School.
The tutor, 25-year-old Timothy Randall Korr, was an employee of the Baltimore Curriculum Project, which operates a network of charter schools around the city. He told police that he removed Trayvon from his class for misbehaving.
Korr said he then lost his footing and the boy “hit himself” on the wall, according to the affiliate.
But Trayvon’s mother doesn’t buy that explanation.
“He can’t throw himself into the wall and fracture his jaw and lose his teeth,” she said. “He’s only 7 years old. He’s so small he’s not going to do the damage to himself.”
Baltimore City Police detectives investigating the incident examined the boy at the hospital and determined he was suffering from major trauma to his head. And after looking at a video of the incident provided by the school, they concluded the tutor had committed a crime.
Korr was charged with first- and second-degree child abuse, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and neglect of a minor.
He did not immediately respond to a request from CNN for comment. It was not clear Wednesday afternoon whether Korr had retained an attorney.
Larry Schugam, executive vice president of the Baltimore Curriculum Project, said the incident made him “heartsick.”
“This is an unusual, isolated incident for our schools, and we are participating in a thorough investigation into what exactly happened,” Schugam told CNN. The employment of the one employee involved has been terminated.”
Anne Fullerton, spokeswoman for Baltimore City Public Schools, told CNN the school district also is working with police and “will take any action warranted once the investigation is complete.”
ERAU professor charged with Child Abuse,
9 other counts
Florida – A professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been charged with child abuse and committing lewd and lascivious acts with someone less than 16 years old.
Embry-Riddle professor Mark Fugler was arrested Friday night in Ormond Beach, according to arrest records. Fugler has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct to someone less than 16 years old, two counts of showing obscene material to a minor, one count of child abuse, and three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition, the arrest records show. Fugler, 58, is being held at the Volusia County jail on $550,000 bail.
University spokesman James Roddey said in an email that Fugler is a professor of civil engineering at the Daytona Beach campus and that he was hired by the school in 1996. He said that “university officials will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities on this investigation.”
A woman at his Ormond Beach home answered the door but declined to comment about the charges.
According to the university’s website, Fugler was currently teaching four classes and his areas of expertise included advanced materials in civil engineering, structural performance prediction, civil engineering in aerospace education, and remote structural condition assessment.