MCPS: No comment on lawsuit over teacher convicted of sex abuse

John Vigna, 50

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — MCPS says they “can not comment on pending litigation” after news broke of a lawsuit filed against the school board on behalf of a child that a Montgomery County teacher and coach is convicted of molesting.

John Vigna, a former teacher at Cloverly Elementary School, was convicted of sexual abuse in June and sentenced to 48 years in prison last week. He was dismissed from the school system in February 2016 after the allegations first surfaced.

Jeff Herman, an attorney from Florida, is filing a lawsuit on behalf of one of the victims in the criminal case. At a press conference on Thursday announcing the lawsuit, he said that Vigna “groomed” his client and sexually abused her throughout her time in third grade.

Herman didn’t specify the amount of money the family is seeking.

MCPS previously commented on this case in June 2017, with a statement from Superintendent Jack Smith that said in part: “I recognize that this has been an extremely difficult time for many students, families and staff members. I express my deepest gratitude to the community for its patience and unwavering commitment to our students throughout this process. MCPS will continue to provide additional counselors and support personnel to the school for the remainder of the year.”