Montgomery County music teacher accused of sexual abuse to lose state license

September 11, 2013

State education officials say they are revoking the teaching license of the Montgomery County educator accused of sexually abusing 14 girls in kindergarten to second grade at a Silver Spring elementary school.

Lawrence W. Joynes, 54, most recently a music teacher at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, was notified that he would lose his certification unless he appealed by Sept. 9. No appeal was filed, and the state is now in the process of notifying Joynes of the revocation, state education officials said.

Joynes, who was arrested in February, later resigned from the school system after a 27-year career. Montgomery County officials say they asked the state to rescind his teaching certificate.

Joynes faces a child pornography charge in Baltimore County, where he lives, and sexual abuse charges related to 14 girls at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School. He also faces charges of second-degree rape and other offenses related to his alleged abuse of a middle school student from 1991 to 1993.

At New Hampshire Estates, he is accused of abusing young girls in his classroom during school hours.

Joynes had taught at 11 Montgomery public schools, including Eastern Middle, Francis Scott Key Middle and Cannon Road Elementary. In some instances, he split his time between schools.

The veteran educator is being held in a Baltimore County jail on a $1 million bond. His lawyer in Montgomery County had no comment, and his lawyer in Baltimore County could not be reached.

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.
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