Educator charged with child sex abuse

A 41-year-old man who works at a D.C. public charter school has been charged with several counts of child sexual abuse, D.C. police said.

Jimmon Watson, the special education coordinator at Parkside High School in Northeast, faces charges including first-degree child sexual abuse.

D.C. police said the abuse occurred between June 2017 and this month. In court papers, police said the incidents involved three juvenile victims — one current student at the school and two students who previously attended the school. Watson was arrested Wednesday.

Emily E. Silberstein, the CEO of Chavez Schools, which runs Parkside, said in a letter to the Chavez community that Watson was removed from campus “within minutes of the allegation.”

Watson was a Chavez employee for three years, and the school had conducted a background check on him, the letter said.

“Chavez will follow up with our own internal investigation and will take any steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students,” she wrote. “In the meantime, our priority is to ensure that our students have access to counseling services and support.”

Parkside opened in 2005 and serves students in grades nine through 12, according to its website. It is part of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, which include campuses on Capitol Hill and in Shaw.

— Dana Hedgpeth, Justin Wm. Moyer

Man, 19, fatally
shot in Forestville

Prince George’s County police said a 19-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday in the Forestville area.

According to police, TyJuan Lawrence of District Heights was shot about 11 a.m. in the 3200 block of Walters Lane. Police found him in a parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they do not think it was a random killing. Detectives are trying to determine a motive and a suspect or suspects.

The D.C. region has had 99 homicides this year, according to a tracking done by The Washington Post. Of those, 21 have been in Prince George’s.

— Lynh Bui

Two students charged
in hazing incident

Two students at a Fairfax County high school have been charged in a hazing incident that occurred before a baseball game in 2016, county police said.

The teens, both 17, are each facing a misdemeanor count for the incident that occurred in the boys’ locker room, police said. The teens have not been identified because they are minors.

Police said they first learned of the incident in March, after a school staff member filed a report with authorities. Police declined to detail the nature of the incident.

Tangy Millard, the principal at West Potomac High School, sent a message to parents in March saying the school was examining allegations of “harassment and other inappropriate behavior” involving members of the school’s baseball team that occurred on school grounds.

— Justin Jouvenal