A Prince George’s County public high school teacher was arrested on charges of second-degree assault and soliciting sex from a minor.
Doney Olivieri, 66, of Southeast Washington sexually assaulted one male student and exchanged inappropriate text messages with another, according to court charging papers.
On Saturday, police interviewed a 16-year-old student who reported that his foreign-language teacher at DuVal High School in Lanham had not only sexually assaulted him but had also “squeezed him on the chest and asked him for a kiss in the classroom” in September, police said.
Police said Olivieri asked another student in the class for the alleged victim’s number but the student provided his own number instead. Olivieri then began texting sexually explicit messages to the other student, believing he was communicating with the 16-year-old, police said.
Police said they interviewed Olivieri, who they said acknowledged asking for sexual activities with a teen via text.
The school system said in a statement that it was aware of the teacher’s arrest and that he has been placed on administrative leave. Olivieri has been with Prince George’s County Public Schools since 2003, first working at Oxon Hill Middle School before joining DuVal in August 2004, according to a spokeswoman for the school system.
Olivieri was arrested Monday, police said. He is scheduled for a court hearing in Prince George’s County on Nov. 7.
He was released on bail Tuesday, according to online court records. When reached at his home by phone, Olivieri told a reporter that he had no comment but did say that “I didn’t touch any student at all.”
Olivieri said he taught Spanish at DuVal and previously worked for the D.C. Public Schools. D.C. schools officials said they could not immediately verify Oliveri’s employment record.
He previously worked for Howard University as an adjunct professor but has not been affiliated with the university for at least five years, according to officials at Howard.
More than 250 employees are on paid administrative leave on allegations of inappropriate conduct, abuse or neglect, according to the school system.
In February, a former volunteer at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School was arrested on child pornography charges in a case that police say involves at least 23 victims as young as 9. Some of the alleged abuse occurred on school grounds and during the school day and other reported instances occurred at a local community center, a church and a swimming pool, police said.
In August, the school system lost a $6.4 million grant funding the county’s Head Start program after federal officials found the school district had failed to correct problems involving staff misconduct and child abuse.
And this month, a school bus aide was arrested in the alleged sexual abuse of two special-needs students ages 4 and 5.
Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.