3 former Jefferson School employees have been charged with sexually abusing 2 students.
Jermaine Thomas, Ariel Eppard, Wesley Dean Arrested on Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Charges
Three former employees of The Jefferson School in Maryland have been arrested on child abuse and sexual assault charges. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, the trio committed sexual offenses against two then-students, who were 17 and 18 years old at the time.
35-year-old Jermaine Thomas, 27-year-old Ariel Eppard, and 32-year-old Wesley Dean were all arrested on Wednesday. According to the state’s attorney’s office, child protective services contacted the state police on June 5 concerning allegations of child sex offenses at the school.
According to law enforcement, an investigation uncovered evidence that Thomas and Eppard sexually assaulted one of the victims both on and off school property. Dean is accused of committing sex offenses with both victims on-campus. These crimes allegedly started in late 2018 and continued into 2019.
All three suspects were employees who were responsible for supervising students at the special education day school and residential treatment center for kids and adults with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Thomas has been charged with three counts of sex abuse of a minor and seven counts of child pornography/filming a sex act.
Dean is charged with one count of sex abuse of a minor, one count of fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority, and two counts of court-ordered provider engaging in a sex act.
Eppard is charged with two counts of sex abuse of a minor, two counts of fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority, and two counts of court-ordered provider engaging in a sex act.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, The Jefferson School announced that the three employees had been fired.
This case remains under investigation.