Police ‘methodically’ investigate molestation of child on PGCPS bus

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Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell speaks at a meeting with parents at James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

CLINTON, Md. — Accusations that a Prince George’s County Public Schools bus aide molested a child on a bus prompted a criminal investigation, and Thursday night, police provided concerned parents with an update.

A bus aide for James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton is accused of abusing a 4-year-old boy, and police have video evidence from the bus.

But Prince George’s County Police Capt. Denise Giannino said there is still work to be done.

“We have to gather all the evidence. That video alone is not enough,” she said.

Giannino said she understands that the investigation is not moving as quickly as many people hoped it would.

“I promise you, the reason we’re doing it slowly and methodically is that the goal is successful prosecution, not just to lock somebody up.”

Giannino said police are working in conjunction with the State’s Attorney’s office, which will notify investigators when they have enough evidence to move forward.

She spoke at what was called a family engagement meeting at the school, as did Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell.

“I want you to know that we agree, we believe that these things that have been going on in our county are not acceptable,” he said.

“We’re going to work through these issues, we’re going to get answers, and we’re going to hold accountable those people who didn’t do what they should have done at the end of the process once we know that for sure,” Maxwell said.

via WTOP

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