A PGCPS teacher at DuVal High School in Lanham, Maryland, has been arrested following allegations he sent a student inappropriate text messages, Prince George’s County police said.
Doney Olivieri, 66, of Southeast Washington was charged with sexual solicitation of a minor, fourth-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault.
According to charging documents, the foreign language teacher groped a 16-year-old student and asked him for sex via text messages, but those messages actually went to another student.
A relative of the victim told police Saturday Olivieri sent the inappropriate text messages from June to September of this year. The victim also accused Olivieri of squeezing his chest and asking him for a kiss in a classroom in September, police said.
According to charging documents, Olivieri admitted to texting the student inappropriately between June and September of this year. He is also accused of touching the student on the chest in a classroom back in September.
A family member of the victim contacted police on October 8, 2016. Police arrested him Monday.
Olivieri has been placed on administrative leave, said Raven Hill, a spokeswoman for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
“Any behavior that brings harm to a student will not be tolerated in any way in Prince George’s County Public Schools,” Hill said.
Olivieri, who was released on bond, did not answer the door at his D.C. home according the press.
The arrest comes during what has been a school year fraught with controversy and leadership woes, following allegations of physical student abuse within the system’s HeadStart program, the arrest of a school bus aide accused of with molesting pre-kindergartners and other issues at the core of the county schools.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Children and Vulnerable Adult Unit at 301-772-4930. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online.