Former Maryland Elementary School Teacher Faces Additional Sex Abuse Charges

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

A former elementary school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, is facing additional sex abuse charges after he was accused of inappropriately touching two young girls earlier this year.

Three more victims have come forward since 50-year-old John Vigna was arrested in June for allegedly touching two 11-year-old girls at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Vigna taught at Cloverly Elementary School from 2000 to 2016 and coached junior varsity baseball at Paint Branch High School.

A woman in her 20s has reported to police Vigna sexually abused her when she was a student at Cloverly Elementary School between 2000 and 2002.

Two girls also reported Vigna sexually abused them in recent years at Cloverly Elementary School. One girl said the abuse happened during the 2013-2014 school year and the other said he abused her during the 2015-2016 school year.

Vigna was arrested Thursday after he turned himself in to detectives. Police have charged Vigna with two additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse exploitation and three more counts of third-degree sexual offense. He has been ordered held without bond, police said.

Police are asking that parents of students who had Vigna as a teacher 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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