3rd grade Silver Spring teacher allegedly touched students inappropriately
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) — A third-grade teacher from a Silver Spring elementary school was arrested in connection with reports of sexual offenses involving two girls, Montgomery County police said.
Police said 49-year-old John Vigna, of Silver Spring, who was a teacher at Cloverly Elementary School since 1991, turned himself in to authorities on Monday morning. He had been placed on paid administrative leave in February.
Vigna is being charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of third-degree sexual offense for the first victim. He is being charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual offense for victim two, police said.
The incidents all happened at the elementary school and started happening in August of 2014 and continued into February 2016. The second victim was not involved until February 2016, Montgomery County police said.
Police said Vigna was placed on administrative leave in February.
The investigation shows that Vigna held the first victim four or five times between August 2014 and February 2016 on his lap. He allegedly put the 11-year-old girl on his lap and held her hips moving her back and forth while holding her close to him.
Police said he would not let her go when she tried to leave. In addition the 11-year-old had also been inappropriately touched on her butt several times in the classroom while students were taking part in activities.
Vigna would allegedly also touch the victim inappropriately when she would hug him goodbye.
In February of 2016 the victim's friend, who is also an 11-year-old girl came into the classroom. They both hugged the teacher goodbye and Vigna rubbed both of the girls' butts.
The second victim told her parents who then contacted police. Authorities are trying to determine whether or not other students were victimized.
He is being held on a $150,000 bond and scheduled to have a bond review Monday afternoon.
Detectives 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.