School ignored child sex abuse warnings in teacher's aide case, suit claims

Families are fighting back in the case of a convicted child molester in Prince George's County.

GLENARDEN, MD. (WUSA9) - New court filings in the case of convicted child sex abuser Deonte Carraway claim Prince George's County School Officials hired him with no qualifications or references and then ignored alarming warnings about his behavior for more than two years.

The suit on behalf of victim's families against the Prince Geroge's County Board of Education claims a 4th grader raised the first alarm right after Carraway was hired in September of 2014. The child told principal Michelle Williams to "check Deonte's phone." 

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"There's some things with kids on it, nasty things," the child said, according to the lawsuit. No action was taken.

The lawsuit claims at least a dozen teachers and counselors made complaints about Carraway's bizarre behavior, including wearing pajamas to school, carrying a backpack full of candy and enticing children with phones.

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The suit also claims that in the months before Carraway's arrest in February 2016, at least two children came forward with claims about sexual abuse and being directed by Carraway to urinate on each other, but they were ignored.

One child making a claim was suspended, the lawsuit claims.

Carraway was stopped only when the relative of one child discovered incriminating photos and texts on the child's phone. The relative reported his findings to Principal Williams, who did not immediately report it to police. Instead, she sent a written report to county child protective services and misrepresented Carraway's status in the school, the lawsuit claims.

Carraway was arrested after the relative took his evidence to police.

Carraway is now serving a 75-year sentence. Families of 23 victims are suing the Prince George's County Board of Education. 
 

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