Bethesda After-School Employee Charged With Inappropriately Touching Student

Investigators believe there could be more victims

A man who worked for an after-school program at a Bethesda, Maryland, elementary school has been charged with inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl at the school, police say.

Roy Andres Simmons III, 41, was charged with fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, Montgomery County police said.

Simmons was leading a group activity for students at Carderock Springs Elementary School when he touched the girl while she was separated from other students, police said.

Detectives started investigating the incident in May and Simmons admitted to the inappropriate contact in an interview with detectives, police said.

Carderock Springs Elementary School Principal Jae W. Lee said in a letter to parents Simmons, known to students and staff as "Andy," was immediately fired from Montgomery County Public Schools once the school system learned of the allegations.

"A support team of school psychologists, counselors, and pupil personnel workers from MCPS will join with our staff on October 6, 2017 and will be available to provide counseling and support to students, as needed. Ensuring a safe learning environment for our students is our top priority," Lee said in the letter sent on Thursday.

Simmons was working for a company called Kids Adventures, which administers the elementary school's after-school program.

Investigators believe there could be more victims. Detectives are requesting that parents of students who may have had contact with Simmons, to talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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