In the 1990s case, Joynes allegedly carried on a two-year sexual relationship with a student. He has been charged with second-degree rape, child abuse and sex offenses for that relationship, which police said lasted from 1991 to 1993.
In that case, according to police, Joynes gained the child’s trust, communicated with her in coded language and increased his sexual contact with her over time, building from kisses and fondling to sex acts in his car and ultimately intercourse. According to court documents, he had sex with her weekly — including behind a stage in a music room.
“Always remember that I love you,” Joynes wrote in their special code in her 1992-93 Eastern Middle School yearbook, according to court documents. The victim is not identified in the filings. “You are my reason for going on. We’ll be in touch over the summer. Be mine always. Your Pookins Bear.”
Police said that victim came forward after seeing photographs of Joynes on the news after his pornography arrest. Police contacted the 14 other alleged victims after finding their photographs and videos in Joynes’s belongings.
Regarding one student from 2005 to 2008 — “Victim 2” in the documents — Joynes wrote on his computer that he got the child to show her tongue while they practiced drumming. By the end of first grade, the child was repeating suggestive words, and during second grade, Joynes molested her, according to police documents. Joynes would later write on his computer that she was “my most obedient.”
Another victim, a student of Joynes from 2005 to 2009, told police that Joynes would put his finger in her mouth and gave her candy canes, which police wrote allowed Joynes to visualize the girls performing sex acts. “Victim 6,” now 12 years old, became emotional and cried during her police interview, according to the documents.
Joynes, being held in the Baltimore County jail in connection with the child pornography charge, is no longer employed by the school system. He 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.
Police are continuing to investigate and have asked those who believe they were victimized to contact them.
School Superintendent Joshua P. Starr sent a confidential letter to the county Board of Education in June outlining plans to “improve the process for tracking and managing information regarding allegations of inappropriate interactions” between school employees and students.
Information about such allegations will be recorded in a confidential database, the memo said, and if similar conduct is reported, administrators will be alerted.
Parents were emotional during two meetings at New Hampshire Estates after Joynes’s arrest in February, with several parents and teachers asking why concerns raised about Joynes had not been taken more seriously.
Brenda Bonazelli, a parent, said she believes that the process for reporting such misconduct is a problem.
“My confidence in the county’s ability to detect this early is low,” Bonazelli said.
Teacher Ellen Holder, who worked with Joynes for nearly 10 years, said she reported Joynes to the principal of New Hampshire Estates last year for a tickling incident and at other times for locking his classroom door with students inside. Holder said her heart sank Tuesday.
“I cried when I saw it,” she said. “This is what I was afraid was the truth, and I’m really upset.”