Joynes said he stuck his finger into the mouths of “approximately seven” students at New Hampshire Estates, the documents said, and that he frequently videotaped his students.
The teacher also told police that he had fantasized about one girl, gave her a “horsey” ride on his lap and tattooed her name on his right shoulder, according to the court papers. She was 7 or 8 at the time.
“When you put it all together it’s extremely disturbing,” said Lisa Dever, a Baltimore County prosecutor. “He had access to kids. Every year, a new batch of kids.”
Montgomery police have assigned five detectives to look back across Joynes’s career and are seeking to talk to as many parents, students and former students as possible, said Lt. Bob Carter, the acting commander of the Family Crimes Division.
“We are working with a sense of urgency,” Carter said.
So far, Carter said, detectives have interviewed more than a dozen of Joynes’s students or former students.They include the girl whose name Joynes said he tattooed on his shoulder, and a student Joynes said he videotaped with his finger in her mouth, according to police and court papers.
The experience of those former students is sad, Carter said.
“In retrospect,” he said, “they now realize they’d been put in a horrible position by someone they trusted. This is painful for them.”
The case against Joynes started with a federal investigation that led to a South Carolina man, Gerald Roberts, who federal agents said produced and distributed child pornography. Roberts pleaded guilty to the manufacture and transportation of child pornography, according to federal officials.
That investigation led to an e-mail address traced to Joynes and four video clips that showed children in what appeared to be a music room. The videos included images of a man putting a peppermint stick into a young girl’s mouth. The e-mail sender told Roberts: “Try some pics like these.”
On Feb. 27, detectives arrived with a search warrant at Joynes’s home in the Dundalk community of Baltimore County. According to court papers, they knocked several times and identified themselves. Eventually they forced their way inside and found Joynes “attempting to leave through the back door.”