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An elementary school aide admitted fondling a young student multiple times over the past school year, according to a court document. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.
An elementary school aide admitted fondling a young student multiple times over the past school year, according to a court document.
Jason Jamar Howard, of Riverdale, Md., is currently on administrative leave from his job as an aide at Glenn Dale Elementary School in Prince George's County.
According to court documents obtained by News4, last Thursday, Howard confessed that he abused an 8-year-old student at the school 10 to 15 times over the past year.
According to those documents, the confession stemmed from an incident Wednesday in which a teacher saw Howard reach his hand up the girl's skirt and put his hand inside her underwear.
The teacher reported the incident to school principal Jacqueline Hall.
Hall sent a letter to parents Friday that read in part, "Once the school district was made aware of the allegations, the staff member was immediately removed from the school."
However, according to charging documents, authorities were not notified until Thursday, the day after the incident, when the girl told her parents. The parents then contacted Child Protective Services.
NBCWashington.com is awaiting more information from Prince George's County Schools. Hall's office referred a call to the school district's communications office. They have not yet returned the call.
Howard has been charged with sex abuse of a minor, sex abuse over a continuous period of time and fourth-degree sex offense. The charges carry a maximum of 25 years, 30 years and one year in prison, respectively.
He has being held in Prince George's County. A court date is scheduled for next month.