Local educators charged with child sex abuse in separate cases
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.
Police believe there may be additional victims and request that parents of students who may have had contact with Simmons talk to their children about their interactions.
MCPS terminated Simmons’ employment in May 2017 when school officials first learned of the incident, said Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala.
Kids Adventures would not comment on Simmons’ employment status. The organization also administers before-and-after school programs at Candlewood Elementary School in Derwood, Piney Branch Elementary School and Takoma Park Elementary School in Takoma Park, as well as Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, according to its website.
MCPS officials would not confirm whether Simmons worked for any other Kids Adventures locations.
“You’ll need to reach out to Kids Adventures to confirm the list of sites he worked as part of that program.” Onijala said.
In a letter sent home to parents, Carderock Springs Elementary School Principal said Jae W. Lee said the charges were deeply concerning and “wholly unacceptable.”
“They represent a violation of the core values of our school and school system,” Lee said. “This type of behavior does not reflect the principles of MCPS or our community, and it will not be tolerated.”
School psychologists and counselors will be available to provide counseling and support to students at Carderock.
Montgomery County Police ask anyone with information on possible interactions of minors with Boatman or Simmons to call MCP Special Victims Investigations Divisions at 240-773-5400.