Detectives Investigate Indecent Exposure and Sex Offense on Ride On Bus In Wheaton; Surveillance Photograph Released

Suspect who committed an indecent exposure and sex offense on a Ride On bus

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the March 30 indecent exposure and sex offense that occurred on a Ride On bus in Wheaton.  Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Thursday, March 30 at approximately 7:30 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the intersection of Randolph Road and Dalewood Drive for the report of an indecent exposure that had just occurred.  The 17-year-old female victim told officers that she boarded a Ride On bus at the Twinbrook Metro Station and sat at the back of the bus.  The victim further stated that the adult male suspect, who was already seated at the front of the bus, then moved to the back of the bus to sit next to her.  The suspect had a brief conversation with the victim and then touched her inappropriately and exposed himself to her.  The victim reported the incident to the bus driver when the bus stopped at Randolph Road and Dalewood Drive.  The bus driver then contacted the police.  As the bus remained stopped, the suspect exited the bus and retrieved a bicycle that he had brought on the bus with him.  The suspect was last seen riding that bicycle south on Dalewood Drive from Randolph Road.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or who has information about this incident is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Montgomery County Public School Security Team Leader Charged with Sex Offense

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Mark Christopher Yantsos, age 57, of the 600 block of Warfield Drive in Rockville, for having inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old female Richard Montgomery High School student while he worked as the security team leader at the school. The Montgomery County Public Schools system placed Yantsos on administrative leave as soon as it learned of these allegations.

On Monday, April 3, SVID detectives were notified by school officials that a Montgomery County Public Schools employee had engaged in an ongoing sexual relationship with a student at the high school where he worked.

SVID detectives interviewed the victim who told investigators that she met Yantsos while she was a student at Richard Montgomery High School and while he worked as part of the school security team at the school. The victim stated that Yantsos befriended her in 2016 and that he purchased multiple gifts for her since that time.  In March of 2017, Yantsos bought the victim a phone in order to communicate with her during and after school hours.

The victim further stated that on March 3, 2017 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Yantsos drove to her home, picked her up, and drove her to a hotel in Rockville where he engaged in inappropriate contact with her.

Investigators were provided with copies of inappropriate text messages that Yantsos had recently sent to the victim.

Yantsos was arrested this morning at his home on the strength of a Montgomery County criminal warrant, charging him with sexual abuse of a minor and a fourth-degree sex offense.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Bond information is not available at this time.

Detectives are requesting that parents of students who attend Richard Montgomery High School talk to their children about their interactions with Mark Christopher Yantsos and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

Mark Yantsos

 

Two Male High School Students Charged with Rape of Female High School Student

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged two Rockville High School students, Jose O. Montano, age 17, of an unconfirmed address, and Henry E. Sanchez, age 18, of Bel Pre Road in the Aspen Hill area, with the rape of a juvenile female Rockville High School student.  The rape occurred at the school yesterday during school hours.  Montano has been charged as an adult in this crime.

On Thursday, March 16, school administrators notified Montgomery County Police that a juvenile female student reported to them that she had been sexually assaulted in a boy’s bathroom by two male students.  SVID detectives were notified of this report and began an investigation.

The investigation has determined that at approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 16, the victim was walking in a school hallway when she met two male students, identified as Montano and Sanchez.  Montano asked the victim to walk with him and Sanchez.  Montano asked the victim to engage in sexual intercourse.  She refused.  Montano asked the victim again and then forced her into a boy’s bathroom and then into a stall.  Montano and Sanchez both raped the victim inside the bathroom stall.

Montano and Sanchez were arrested on school property by SVID investigators.  They were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.  They were held without bond and will have bond review today at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.

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Montano’s photograph will not be released because he is a juvenile.

Henry Sanchez

Montgomery County Public School Bus Driver Charged with Multiple Sex Offenses

Salvador Rodriguez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Salvador Rodriguez, age 59, of the 11600 block of Connecticut Avenue in North Kensington, for having inappropriate contact with two 11-year-old female students.  Rodriguez was employed as a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) bus driver and the inappropriate contact occurred on MCPS buses during Rodriguez’s bus routes.  The Montgomery County Public Schools system placed Rodriguez on administrative leave as soon as they learned of the allegations in February 2017.

On February 9, SVID detectives began an investigation regarding sexual offenses that were committed by Rodriguez during the current school year involving the juvenile victims.  Investigators determined that Rodriguez was a bus driver for bus routes that included Rockview Elementary School, Newport Mill Middle School, and Albert Einstein High School.   Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that on three separate occasions, Rodriguez had inappropriate sexual contact with one victim while she was a passenger on the school bus. Detectives further determined that on a separate occasion, Rodriguez had inappropriate sexual contact with the second victim while she was a passenger on the school bus.

This morning (March 3), detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Rodriguez charging him with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of third-degree sex offense, and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority.

Rodriguez was arrested this morning when arrived for a scheduled appointment with SVID detectives at the SVID offices.

During a police interview, Rodriguez admitted to having inappropriate contact with the victims.

Detectives are requesting that parents of students who rode a school bus driven by Rodriguez to talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

Bond information for Rodriguez is not available at this time.

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Update: Former Elementary School Teacher Charged with Additional Sexual Offenses; More Victims Identified

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John Vigna

On June 27, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) arrested and charged John Vigna, age 50, of the 1000 block of Notley Road in Silver Spring, with one count of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of third-degree sex offense.   These charges involve two juvenile female victims. At the time of the offenses, John Vigna was a third-grade teacher at Cloverly Elementary School located at 800 Briggs Chaney Road. The victims were students at the school.  Detectives were concerned that additional students had been victimized by Vigna.  Investigators released information regarding Vigna’s arrest to the media and public and requested that anyone who may have been victimized to contact detectives.

After Vigna’s initial arrest, detectives were contacted by three previously unknown victims who reported the following:

  • A female in her twenties reported that Vigna sexually abused her while she was a student at Cloverly Elementary School during the 2000 to 2002 school years.
  • A juvenile female reported that Vigna sexually abused her during the 2013 to 2014 school year at Cloverly Elementary School.
  • A juvenile female reported that Vigna sexually abused her during the 2015 to 2016 school year at Cloverly Elementary School.

On November 15, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Vigna, charging him with two additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse exploitation, and three additional counts of third degree sexual offense.  On November 17, Vigna was arrested after he turned himself in to detectives.  Vigna was ordered held without bond.

Detectives are requesting that parents of students who had Vigna as a teacher, talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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