Prince George’s County Police were notified by the woman on Sept. 30 of a sexual assault that occurred from 2015-2017 when she was a student. The defendant, Lonnie Elias, Jr., was the victim’s teacher at the time.
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The victim was interviewed by Investigators and provided details of the abuse. The suspect was interviewed by Investigators on Oct. 2. PGPD made notification to Prince Georges County Public Schools on Oct. 3 and Elias Jr. was placed on administrative duty.
The suspect did not have contact with students after police and the school system were aware of the incident. The State’s Attorney’s Office presented the case for indictment on Oct. 18 and a Grand Jury issued a warrant for the suspect for Sex Abuse of a Minor and other related charges.
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Elias Jr. was arrested in Upper Marlboro on Friday and was transported to the Department of Corrections where he will appear before the District Court Commissioner. He has been employed by Prince George’s County Public Schools since 2007.
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact police at (301) 772-4930 or PGPD_CVA@co.pg.md.us. To remain anonymous, call 1-866-411-TIPS.