Former Maryland Elementary School Teacher Convicted of Sex Abuse Charges

Three more victims, including a woman who is now in her 20s, have come forward, police say

A former Montgomery County elementary school teacher has been convicted of sexual abuse charges after students came forward saying he touched them inappropriately. 

John Vigna, now 50, was teaching at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring before he was arrested in June 2016 for allegedly touching two girls inappropriately. Three more victims later came forward. 

Vigna taught third, fourth, and fifth grade over a span of 20 years at the school. He also coached junior varsity baseball at Paint Branch High School.

Prosecutors announced Monday that Vigna has been convicted of four counts of sex abuse of a minor and five counts of third-degree sex offense, 

Vigna had testified during a week-long trial that he never had intentional inappropriate contact with students.

Vigna's attorney didn't immediately return a request for comment. Vigna is set to be sentenced in August.

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