PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Maryland - Former Prince George’s County aide Deonte Carraway was indicted on 270 child abuse and porn related charges on Wednesday morning. Carraway was charged with filming children performing sex acts on each other at Judge Sylvania Elementary School, where he was an aide and volunteer.
Carraway pleaded not guilty to the 13 federal child porn charges back in March. He was indicted by the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt and charged with 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography, involving 11 minor victims, officials say.
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Maryland -- A task force has made dozens of recommendations to the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) system on how it can improve student safety.
The Student Safety Task Force, chaired by Prince George’s Community College President Dr. Charlene Dukes, made five major recommendations meant to be looked at immediately and a further 89 suggestions in its report released Tuesday.
The task force was formed after a former aide at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, MD Deonte Carraway, 22, was charged in February with producing child pornography. He’s accused of making at least 17 children, between the age of 9-13, film themselves engaged in sexual acts.
A federal indictment also alleges photos show Caraway engaged in the sexual activity himself.
"It offers us room to grow and improve, but I don’t think that it equates to systemic failure,” said PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell of the report.
The five major recommendations are that the PGCPS CEO give an annual report on student safety initiatives; ensure each school principal conducts safety assessments and use the results for better screening and training; establish an Office of Monitoring, Accountability, and Compliance; use a “universal precautions” approach to screening anyone who might come into contact with children, including a searchable database to catch any red flags and track who has been properly trained on preventing child sex abuse; and develop age appropriate material to teach kids from kindergarten to grade 12 about preventing child sex abuse.
Dr. Maxwell said he agrees with the major recommendations and is working to implement them.
“I am convening a work group of high level school system administrators to review and implement all or most of the 61 considerations and 28 opportunities to update, clarify, and/or enhance administrative procedures within the categories of culture and climate; reporting and training; screening of employees, volunteers, visitors, vendors, and contractors; and review our curriculum and counseling,” added Maxwell.
Quick action was also promised from the chair of the PGCPS Board of Education.
"I will call for special sessions of the entire Board of Education during our summer break to closely examine the report’s findings and enact any policy enhancements or changes that may be necessary,” said Dr. Segun Eubanks.
While the Carraway case is what prompted the SSTF, the task force did not interview any of the alleged victims, their families, or those at Woods Elementary.
"We were given a charge to look forward. In terms of what the school system might do, could do, and would do to improve any practices, any procedures or any policies around the prevention of child sexual abuse,” said SSTF Chair Dr. Charlene Dukes.
But Dr. Maxwell added that the police department has given the school system approval to go ahead with its internal investigation into the incident.
“To accomplish that, I have appointed an external, independent team to conduct the personnel investigation related to what happened and make recommendations to me,” said Dr. Maxwell.