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A Glenn Dale Elementary School employee has been arrested for sexually assaulting a student multiple times for the past two school years, Prince George’s police said.

Jason Jamar Howard, 30, of the 6200 block of 64th Avenue in Riverdale, was arrested Friday and charged with sex abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sex offense and is being held in the county’s department of corrections.

Police said a parent of a student first notified them of an incident Thursday where Howard allegedly sexually abused the student on school grounds.

Police said the victim’s parent’s report launched a police investigation into the employee.

According to police, Howard admitted to sexually abusing the child on more than one occasion during the current school year and last school year.

Briant Coleman, a county schools spokesman, said it is school system policy not to discuss personnel matters and would not say how long Howard has been employed with the school system or what his job entails.

Christina Cotterman, a county police spokeswoman, did not disclose Howard’s job title, but said he is not a teacher.

A defense attorney for Howard was not listed with the courts by Tuesday, according to online county court records.

Jacqueline Hall, Glenn Dale’s principal, released a statement to school parents and guardians notifying the school of the incident.

“Regrettably, a staff member assigned to Glenn Dale Elementary School has been removed from the school due to allegations of inappropriate contact with a student,” Hall said in a letter. “Once the school district was made aware of the allegations, the staff member was immediately removed from the school.”

Hall said Howard is placed on administrative leave pending a criminal and administrative investigation.

A phone number for Howard’s residence could not be located.

djgross@gazette.net