Former Silver Spring music teacher indicted on child sex abuse charges -- Gazette.Net


A former Montgomery County music teacher charged with sexually abusing 15 students was indicted Thursday on 39 counts tied to the alleged abuse.

Lawrence W. Joynes, 55, of Dundalk, is charged with sexually abusing 14 elementary school students at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, where he taught for 10 years.

Joynes is also charged with having an inappropriate and sexual relationship with a student at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring in the 1990s.

The indictment includes 14 criminal counts on a new child pornography charge, four additional counts of third-degree sex offense, and an additional count of rape.

School officials said Joynes taught in Montgomery County for 27 years.

Police said the girls involved were in kindergarten through the second grade.

Joynes was initially charged with 14 counts of sexually abusing a minor and one count of third-degree sex offense, court records show.

For the alleged abuse in the 1990s, Joynes was initially charged with child abuse, second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, and two counts of second-degree sex offense.

The recent indictment incorporates the previous charges.

The new count of rape is connected to the 1990s Eastern Middle School case.

The indictment comes after a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge sentenced Joynes to time served for possessing child pornography. Joynes pleaded guilty to that charge on Feb. 6 and was ordered to register as a sex offender as part of the sentence, court records show.

Investigators said they found Joynes in 2013 through a Yahoo account police linked to porn distribution in South Carolina.

According to charging documents, a subsequent search of Joynes’ computer unearthed 4,400 sexually suggestive photographs of young girls, some of them students of New Hampshire Estates.

Police also recovered sexually suggestive video clips of girls sucking on peppermint sticks and a man’s finger inside what appeared to be a music classroom. Some of the videos were set to music or had sexually suggestive captions. In other clips, the girls were inappropriately touched or made to touch themselves, police said in court records.

According to testimony conveyed in the charging documents, Joynes described taping the videos in his classroom and said that the name of one girl was tattooed on his right shoulder.

Joynes’ attorney Alan C. Drew was unavailable for comment Friday.

Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office, described the case as “troubling for the community.”

“The charges are very serious and we look forwarding to proving them in court,” Korionoff said.

A court hearing is scheduled for March 7.