John Vigna
PHOTO | MCPD

UPDATED: Police Charge Third Grade Teacher with Sexual Abuse of Minors (PHOTO)

John Vigna PHOTO | MCPD

John Vigna
PHOTO | MCPD

UPDATE 11.17.16 Police were contacted by three previously unknown victims following John Vigna’s initial arrest.

According to a news release, the victims reported the following:

  • A female in her twenties reported that Vigna sexually abused her while she was a student at Cloverly Elementary School during the 2000 to 2002 school years.
  • A juvenile female reported that Vigna sexually abused her during the 2013 to 2014 school year at Cloverly Elementary School.
  • A juvenile female reported that Vigna sexually abused her during the 2015 to 2016 school year at Cloverly Elementary School.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Vigna on Nov. 15th and charged him with two additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse exploitation, and three additional counts of third degree sexual offense. Vigna turned himself in on Nov. 17th and is being held without bond.

Police are requesting that parents of students who had Vigna as a teacher, talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240.773.5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

ORIGINAL POST 6.27.16 Montgomery County police have arrested a third-grade teacher, accused of sexual offenses against two 11-year-old female students.

According to police, John Vigna, age 49, who taught at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring, faces several charges including, sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree sexual offense. Police say the sexual abuse started in 2014 and lasted until February of this year.

Police said that on several occasions Vigna held a, now 11-year-old, girl on his lap and held her close while moving her back and forth on his lap. When the girl tried to leave, police said Vigna resisted letting her go.

Police also said that during a later incident which happened in February of this year, Vigna reportedly touched the same student, and a second 11-year-old female student on the buttocks. Vigna also allegedly made inappropriate contact when he hugged the girls, police said.

The police were contacted after one of the girls told her parents what allegedly happened. Vigna was put on administrative leave by Montgomery County Public Schools in February of this year and remained on leave through the rest of the school year, according to police.

Vigna turned himself in and was served an arrest warrant on June 27th. He is currently being held on a $150,000 bond.

Detectives are requesting that parents of students who had Vigna as a teacher, talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) detectives at 240.773.5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

Maureen Chowdhury

About Maureen Chowdhury

Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.

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