Colonel Zadok Magruder High School Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor
A former special education teacher at Colonel Zadok Magruder High School in Derwood, Maryland has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a student from the school. 42-year-old Peter Wright Priest Mason was arrested on November 20 and is charged with sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority.
At the time of the alleged abuse, Mason was working at Colonel Zadok Magruder High School. However, he was working at Magruder High School at the time of his arrest, where he has been teaching since 2015.
Detectives began their investigation on November 2 and Magruder High School placed Mason on administrative leave.
He also taught at Northwest High School in Germantown from 2011 to 2015.
Police believe there could be other victims and have asked parents of students who have interacted with Mason to talk to them about any potential inappropriate behavior. Anyone who believes their child could be a victim is asked to call 240-773-5400.
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Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Assault by Teachers
As a former sex crimes prosecutor and current civil sexual assault victims lawyer, Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has helped victims find justice in both criminal and civil courtrooms. Brian has offered to share some thoughts on the legal rights of teacher sex abuse victims and their families:
Schools should be safe places for our children. The schools in our communities have a legal duty to do everything they can to ensure the safety of their students. As part of this legal duty, it’s important for schools to have safeguards in place for protecting students from sexual abuse. Tragically, sexual predators are often found working in education and other fields that involve working with children.
In cases of sexual abuse involving teachers and students, both the accused teacher and the school should be investigated. The teacher will be subjected to a criminal investigation, while civil attorneys can investigate the circumstances of the case to determine if the school failed to protect the student because of negligence.
When negligence is involved, school sex abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a teacher, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse survivors lawyers.
Colonel Zadok Magruder High School in Derwood, MD
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