A Forestville High School teacher was arrested Thursday after admitting to having sexual contact with a student, according to Prince George’s County police.
Vincent McDuffie, 45 of Upper Marlboro is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student on school grounds during school hours in March and April and has been charged with sex abuse of a minor, police said.
Based on McDuffie’s admission to police, administrators have placed him on unpaid leave and will “immediately seek his termination,” according to a statement from the Prince George’s County Public Schools.
“Any behavior that brings harm to a student will not be tolerated in any way in PGCPS,” officials said in the statement. “We remain keenly focused on our commitment to ensuring a quality education in a safe environment for the children of PGCPS.”
The charges against McDuffie come as the school system finds itself in the middle of a wide-reaching child-sex-abuse investigation involving an elementary school volunteer who allegedly victimized at least 17 children.
Police in February have arrested Deonte Carraway, 22, of Glenarden in the case. Authorities accused him of directing students as young as 9 to perform sex acts while he recorded them in private homes, a church, a municipal center and Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School. Many of the alleged acts occurred on school grounds during the school day, with Carraway communicating with students through an anonymous messaging app called Kik, police said.
The county school system created a task force to review its policies in the wake of Carraway’s arrest. The task force’s final recommendations are expected to be released Tuesday.