Often, stories of teachers and other school employees accused of sexual assault involve the alleged abuse of students. However, a high school counselor in Montgomery County is facing multiple charges involving the alleged assault of two women whom he met on Tinder.
Families of students at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington were notified by the school’s principal of the man’s arrest. He called the charges “deeply troubling” and assured parents that the alleged assaults did not involve any students or any other minors, nor did they occur on school property.
The 33-year-old counselor has been employed by the Montgomery County Public Schools since 2009. In addition to being a counselor, he has also worked as a coach and a substitute teacher.
According to police, the man was arrested following a report by a woman he met in March on the popular dating app. They say that the two had consensual sex in his Rockville apartment, but that he then forced her to engage in other acts that she did not consent to.
A second woman has now accused the man of sexual assault involving an alleged incident in December. Police say that woman, whom the counselor also met on Tinder, reported a similar account of consensual sex followed by forced sexual acts.
The two reportedly exchanged texts afterwards in which he apologized for being “drunk and oblivious.” In one message, he said, “I don’t recall you saying no. I recall you saying it hurts.”
Too often, what one person considers consensual sex another considers assault. Even the allegation of a sexual offense can cost a person his or her reputation forever. A conviction can land one in prison and make it impossible to continue working in one’s chosen profession. That’s why it’s necessary to seek experienced legal guidance if you or a loved one is facing such charges.
Source: The Washington Post, “Counselor at Md. high school arrested on sex offense charges with women he met on Tinder,” Donna St. George and Dan Morse, Oct. 19, 2017