Public Charter School Teacher Arrested for Alleged Multiple Child Sexual Abuse Offenses

by Prince Of Petworth February 27, 2017 at 9:45 am 7 Comments

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From MPD:

“Arrest Made in Multiple Child Sexual Abuse Offenses:
1800 Block of Perry Street, Northeast

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division announced an arrest has been made in a Child Sexual Abuse offense that occurred between the dates of August 17, 2016 and February 6, 2017

The investigation revealed that the suspect, who was employed as a public charter school teacher, engaged in sexual contact on multiple occasions with two female victims and one male victim.

On Friday, February 24, 2017, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 35-year-old Manuel Garcia Fernandez, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with three counts of Second Degree Child Sexual Abuse.

Anyone who has information regarding this subject committing similar crimes should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

  • Moe

    Terrible. Do DCPS or DC Charters have a consolidated way to do background checks, or a minimum requirement? Clearly this is an anomaly, but it is something I’m curious about.

    • TinkerTaylor

      DC Charter schools are governed by the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB). The School Reform Act requires the PCSB to perform a charter review during the fifth and tenth years that a charter school is in operation. Student Safety is one of the “Indicators” in this review, with the required documentation including a current roster of employees and volunteers with indication that a background check has been conducted. The 2016-17 Charter Review Guidelines point to D.C. Code §38-1802.04(c)(4) as the legal rationale for this requirement, though the Code speaks only broadly to student safety and does not expressly require background checks, let alone set minimum standards for those background checks.

    • DCjoe

      Not sure about the law, but its something most (can’t say all for sure) schools do. If you don’t do background checks you would be liable under your insurance if the school is sued. There is a specific insurance market to cover schools against these types of claims.


      And the school is LAMB- Latin American Montessori Bilingual

    • textdoc

      I wonder if maybe this guy didn’t have a record. (Obviously it’s a big, big problem if the school isn’t performing background checks… but perhaps they did one and it didn’t flag anything for him?)

  • Any ideas which charter school?


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