SILVER SPRING, Md. – Friday, Maryland State Police arrested former Montgomery County Public Schools employee, 30-year-old Sean Renfrew Kelley on several counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, leaving many in the community asking how this happened.
“How do we screen these people before we put them in our schools? Does it call for a whole new system or background check? That’s what shocks me”, asked neighbor, Desiree Ellis, whose, now grown kids, used to attend one of the schools where Kelley was employed.
Kelley worked as a part-time lunch hour aide at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring and briefly w with the Kids After Hours program at Cannon Elementary School.
In a letter to parents, Cloverly Elementary School Principal, Melissa Brunson said the charges “stem from the recovery of digital images shared and downloaded from the internet”.
The incident has proven very unsettling for parents like Danna Wimbush, who said, “When we send our kids to school and to daycare, we entrust that they’ve done a thorough background check to ensure that the workers taking care of our children have passed all the necessary precautions and are fit to take care of our children.”
In a letter to parents from Bob Sickels, Owner of Kids After Hours, he explained that Kelley worked with the after-care program for just four days and was terminated immediately upon notification of the charges.
He said Kelley’s background check, prior to his employment, came back clean.
Investigators do not believe any of the images in Kelley’s possession were of any Montgomery County Public School students.
Principal Brunson went on to say, “This type of behavior does not reflect the principles of MCPS or our community, and it will not be tolerated.”
A support team of school psychologists and counselors were on hand earlier this week.
The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is still investigating this case.