Hundreds of dollars recently disappeared from the school safe at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School, the same school where a volunteer aide allegedly recorded “vile sexual acts” between children.
The missing money case is unsolved, and the money has not been recovered, police told News4. The principal of the school is not a suspect, a police spokeswoman said.
Police reports and internal school memos obtained by News4 show between $300 and $1,200 was discovered missing from the safe in 2015. Principal Michelle Williams responded by installing hidden cameras inside a bookkeeper’s office and near the safe itself, a school district official said.
A report obtained through a public records request by News4 said police found “scratches on the safe’s inside wall,” indicating the money was stolen by someone without the combination.
A school district official reported $1,199 missing from the safe. A police department report said about $300 was discovered missing from a gold envelope inside the safe by an employee in late May. A school spokeswoman did not immediately return requests to explain the discrepancy.
The school district placed Williams on administrative leave Wednesday as it investigates the case of former school volunteer Deonte Carraway.
On Monday, Prince George's County Police announced Carraway, 22, was facing 10 child pornography charges and charges of sex abuse of a minor and second-degree sex offense. A guardian for one of the victims filed a lawsuit against the school district Wednesday.
"We believe that Carraway targeted his victims and videotaped vile sexual acts between minors during the school day on school grounds at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School," Prince George's County Police spokeswoman Julie Parker said.
Glenarden Police also took part in the investigation of the missing school funds, News4 has learned.