The charging document was forwarded to the Parents' Coalition by a source that wishes to remain anonymous. Our source tells us that when the family of the victim contacted the school they were told to not tell anyone about this incident.
At 1 PM today we contacted the Montgomery County State's Attorneys' office for a comment on this charge as it had, as yet, not been covered in the media.
By 4:34 PM this afternoon the Richard Montgomery High School principal sent out a notice to parents informing them of this incident. The Gazette reported on the incident by 8:30 PM this evening.
Unfortunately, Montgomery County does not redact the names of minors in charging documents, so we will not be making the actual document public. We have seen this in other Montgomery County sexual assault cases and it is very disturbing. Other counties in Maryland do redact the names of minors.
We were told by our source that the alleged perpetrator is still a student at Richard Montgomery High School. The victim is also still attending Richard Montgomery High School.
Is this how MCPS deals with students when a sexual assault has been alleged and an arrest has been made?
The victim and alleged perpetrator are left in the same school?
Is there any concern that the alleged victim would be bullied or harassed?
The letter sent to Richard Montgomery parents and guardians this afternoon is very vague. We have reprinted it below. The Gazette article says:
...Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said the school has taken steps to reduce the number of places that students can hide from security. The measures include using mirrors and additional surveillance, according to Tofig.Now remember that MCPS installed 70-80 state of the art security cameras at each high school. The cameras are everywhere. Did MCPS security cameras record this sexual assault? We know the security cameras are not monitored, but did anyone review the tapes from this alleged February 27th incident?
MCPS is now saying security cameras are not sufficient and "mirrors" must be installed? How many "mirrors" will each school get?
Remember that the security cameras are better than hiring additional security staff. That's the MCPS motto!
So what happened in this incident at Richard Montgomery High School? From the District Court charging document:
(victim) agreed to skip class with (alleged perpetrator) and to meet with him in the hallway by the vending machine beside the attendance office.
[sexual activity described] (victim) informed (officer) that this sexual act continued for approximately 20 minutes
Here's what Richard Montgomery High School parents and guardians were told today:
From: Richard Montgomery High School
Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM
Subject: School Update