A former Glenn Dale Elementary School employee was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison followed by lifetime supervision for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl on school grounds when he worked at the school.
Jason Jamar Howard, 30, of Riverdale was working at the school as a first-grade teacher’s aide when he was charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse and one count of assault after a teacher reported seeing Howard inappropriately touch a girl in the school cafeteria, which prompted an investigation, Erzen said.
Howard pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with all but 10 years suspended, based on the cafeteria incident, Erzen said.
After serving 10 years, Howard faces five years supervised probation, must register as a sex offender and faces lifetime supervision, an “extra step” based on the gravity of the case, Erzen said.
“Even after his probation is done, he has lifetime supervision, so however parole and probation sets it up, he’ll have to check in with them,” Erzen said. “This is somebody who was abusing a young child and doing it in front of everybody. We believe it happened on more than one occasion. ... This case was one that was particularly egregious.”
Glenn Dale Elementary Principal Jacqueline Marshall Hall said she is working within the school and the Prince George’s County school system to make sure something like this never happens again by ensuring all future hires undergo a “thorough investigation.”
“This is a place of learning where our students are to be protected and provided a rich learning experience. ... That is what we are about,” Marshall Hall said. “This should just never, ever happen. No sentence is long enough for doing something like this.”
Howard was immediately removed from the school and placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after the initial allegations were made, Marshall Hall said.
Howard is being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro, Erzen said.
Howard’s attorney, Michael E. Marr, based in Baltimore, was unavailable for comment.