Pr. George's Co. Principal on Leave

WASHINGTON — The new principal of a Prince George’s County elementary school that was rocked by horrifying allegations of child sex abuse by a teacher’s aide earlier this year has been placed on administrative leave as police and the school investigate an anonymous allegation against him.

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, the principal of Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School was placed on leave late last week and a letter was sent home to parents Monday. Maxwell did not provide specifics about the allegation. He said to his knowledge it did not involve students, “but that’s what the investigations are about.”

The police are investigating the allegation through the school system’s department of security services, Maxwell said.

A former teacher’s aide at the Glenarden, Maryland, school, was arrested in February and faces numerous counts of sexual abuse and child pornography charges. Police said 22-year-old Deonte Carraway coerced nearly two dozen children, some as young as 9 years old, into performing sex acts on him and each other and filmed them on his cellphone.

There’s no indication the new allegations against the principal are related to the Carraway case.

Also, Maxwell confirmed police and Child Protective Services are conducting a separate investigation into a school bus aide for James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland, who is accused of molesting preschool children with special needs. NBC Washington first reported the investigation.

The alleged abuse occurred last year and was reported to Child Protective Services May 24, according to NBC Washington. Police began investigating the incident June 20.

Maxwell said the bus assistant and a person in a supervisory role were immediately placed on administrative leave after he learned of the allegations at the beginning of the school year in late August.

Last month, the federal government stripped the county’s Head Start program of a $6.3 million grant after a review found educators used humiliation and corporal punishment on preschoolers.

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