Miner Elementary School Teacher Arrested and Charged with Misdemeanor Sex Abuse of a Child

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Investigations Division announced that on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 33-year-old Leroy Damein Ware of Northeast, DC, a Miner Elementary School teacher, was arrested pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant and charged with Misdemeanor Sex Abuse of a Child.

Anyone who has information regarding similar offenses involving Mr. Ware should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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  • How in the world could ANY sex abuse of a child be classified as a misdemeanor?

  • Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse of a Child? That sounds like an oxymoron to someone who’s unfamiliar with the law. Can someone explain this without getting too graphic, and so I don’t have to google it at work?

  • § 22–3010.01. Misdemeanor sexual abuse of a child or minor.

    (a) Whoever, being 18 years of age or older and more than 4 years older than a child, or being 18 years of age or older and being in a significant relationship with a minor, engages in sexually suggestive conduct with that child or minor shall be imprisoned for not more than 180 days, or fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22‑3571.01, or both.
    (b) For the purposes of this section, the term “sexually suggestive conduct” means engaging in any of the following acts in a way which is intended to cause or reasonably causes the sexual arousal or sexual gratification of any person:
    (1) Touching a child or minor inside his or her clothing;
    (2) Touching a child or minor inside or outside his or her clothing close to the genitalia, anus, breast, or buttocks;
    (3) Placing one’s tongue in the mouth of the child or minor; or
    (4) Touching one’s own genitalia or that of a third person.

  • from this guy’s facebook and twitter (which are gross in a somewhat different way–the guy seems like a jerk, and doesn’t have the grammar I’d want in a teacher) it appears he is a cheerleading coach. I have no idea what happened in this case and know the criminal justice system will take its course, but I could imagine cheerleading sometimes involves touching “close to the genitalia, anus, breast, or buttocks.” I did track and my sister figure skated when we were younger and I know our coaches sometimes touched us–not in a sexy way, but to teach something.

  • Aww crap. Yup, he went to the same HS as me. Freaking gross.

    Also, how did he get a teaching job with DCPS when it took him 8 years to graduate from Howard …..

    • It’s not that hard to get a job with DCPS. Especially since they want to better support black male students and provide role models for them, they don’t necessarily look for the person with the higher gpa or degree from a more selective school.

  • “Miner” makes MUCH more sense than the “Minor” that MPD used in the press release. (i’ve never heard of that school, but just couldn’t figure out what they meant.)

  • Awesome. That’s our local elementary school. We’re seriously thinking about enrolling our kid in the pre-k 3 program there. This doesn’t speak well to what kind of ship they’re running.

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