Joseph, Greenwald & Laake Files a Second Lawsuit, a Class Action, on Behalf of Victims of Child Abuse and Pornography at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School

February 18, 2016

GREENBELT, Md. – The law firm of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake filed a second civil lawsuit, this one a class action, on behalf of the victims of Deonte Carraway, a school employee-turned-volunteer at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School who was criminally charged with making pornographic videos of nine and 10-year-old students. The school’s principal, Michelle Williams, is also named as a defendant because she "took no action" despite concerns being raised to her about Carraway by parents and teachers.

“Principals, teachers, employees and school boards are entrusted with the safety of students when they are on school grounds,” said Timothy F. Maloney, the lead plaintiffs’ attorney for these lawsuits. “There are numerous reports that the principal knew of criminal actions against the students of her school and repeatedly did nothing to help them or report this terrible misconduct,” Maloney added.

Maloney reports that students were assaulted throughout the school, including in the auditorium and bathrooms. He also said that victims were also abused outside of the school grounds, including at the Glenarden City Hall.

“As we continue to investigate the devastating breadth of this case, we encourage the parents of these victims and witnesses to come forward,” Maloney said. “The State’s Attorney’s office has confirmed 17 victims, but there could be more.” Maloney added.

Parents and caretakers of victims who would like to learn more about the lawsuits should call 301-220-2200 or email sylvaniawoods@jgllaw.com.

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