School Child Porn Investigation

Child Porn Investigation In Maryland School System: Volunteer Allegedly Made Child Pornography Videos

A child pornography investigation involving a Maryland school district is expanding after officials have learned more in the disturbing case.

MSN reports that the Prince George County school district is at the center of a child pornography scandal. It was revealed on Wednesday that officials have interviewed more than two dozen families, placed the principal on leave, and are determining whether any policies on reporting child abuse were violated. What’s known so far is that a volunteer librarian allegedly recorded videos of children performing sex acts on school property before classes began.

According to the Washington Post, authorities have now identified 11 victims in the child porn school investigation — and suspect there will be more victims as they progress.

One of the offenders — Deonte Carraway, 22, of Glenarden — is charged with 10 counts of felony child pornography and related charges. Carraway has admitted to creating the videos. He’s sometimes heard in the footage directing children from ages 9 to 13 to perform various sexual acts.

Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School principal, Michelle Williams, was removed and put on paid leave out of an “abundance of caution,” police reveal. The action came soon after it was discovered Carraway had supposedly made up to 40 child pornography videos.

The school system’s chief executive officer, Kevin Maxwell, said he’s unable to give answers to parents demanding to know why this happened so long without anyone noticing.

“When we have the answer, we will be as transparent as we can,” Maxwell said.

Carraway abused seven of the 11 victims directly — and indirectly with everyone else — though police aren’t being specific about the circumstances. Background checks are required for volunteers and an audit is being conducted to learn what cracks Carraway fell through. A student’s relative found a nude photo on the child’s cellphone and reported it to police last week.

Angela Alsobrooks, the county’s top prosecutor, said school staff members “absolutely” could be charged if they are found to have failed to report suspicions about Carraway.

“We will go as far as our investigation leads us, and we will take action based on what we learn,” Alsobrooks said.

Carraway is being held on $1 million bond.

It’s noted in the report that some video recordings of the sex abuse happened during the school day at Sylvania Woods Elementary. Recordings were made at various locations on school grounds, such as the auditorium, bathrooms, and other areas. He abused his position as a teacher’s assistant to remove students from classroom settings and accompany them to wherever he wanted. Prince George’s police say Carraway worked as a paid classroom assistant before becoming a volunteer.

According to the report, about 700 students attend Sylvania Woods; most of them are black and Latino. Most of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

The child pornography investigation has even led to attorneys for the family of the 9-year-old victim filing a civil rights lawsuit in Prince George’s County Court against the school system and Carraway.

“Carraway told some of the students, including the Plaintiff, that they would be participating in a ‘club’ with him to help persuade them to engage in these sexual acts on camera,” the lawsuit states.

Carraway is also to have allegedly made video recordings at Glenarden Municipal Center and the Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center. Police say there was some child porn recordings that took place in private homes as well.

Investigators want to speak with anyone who has information about this school child pornography case. The number is 800-CALL-FBI FREE or 301-772-4930.

[Photo Credit: Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School website]

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