Horizon Child Care in Silver Springs – a former employee is accused of sexual abuse.
Former Montgomery County Public Schools Paraeducator Arrested For Sex Abuse
Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department arrested and charged a former MCPS paraeducator with the sexual abuse of a teenage girl. 38-year-old Henry Ridges has been charged with two counts of sexual abuse and a fourth-degree sexual offense.
According to investigators, the charges stem from an incident involving a teenage girl he met through his job at Horizon Child Care, Inc. At the time of time of the alleged offenses, Ridges was also a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) paraeducator and a varsity boy’s basketball coach for Springbrook High School.
On September 5, MCPD detectives with the Special Victims Investigation Division (SVID) were given information about a possible sexual abuse of a minor. After investigating, detectives determined that on July 20, Ridges offered the 16-year-old victim a ride home from Horizon Child Care – Burnt Mills in Silver Spring. During this ride home, he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
Ridges did not immediately drive the girl home. Instead, he drove around and asked her inappropriate sexual questions. He also asked if she remembered him touching her inappropriately two years earlier – the victim said she thought this incident was accidental, but Ridges told her it was intentional. Ridges also allegedly asked the victim to send him nude photographs via cell phone. The victim told police that he also propositioned her to engage in sex acts during the car ride.
Detectives believe that there may be other victims because Ridges’ jobs placed him in close proximity to children. They have asked parents of children who attend Horizon Child Care, Inc to talk to their kids about possible sexual abuse by Ridges and to contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was a victim.