FORMER DC TEACHER CHARGED IN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CASE. D.C. Police charged a former teacher at Two River Public Charter School with first-degree child sexual abuse.
January 5, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC — A former D.C. teacher was arrested Friday in connection with a first-degree child sexual abuse offense that occurred in the District over a period of five years, according to a release from the Metropolitan Police Department.
The woman engaged in sexual acts with a minor victim from 2009 to 2014, according to police.
Acting on a D.C. Superior Court arrest warrant on Friday, police arrested Joan Meyer of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and charged her with first-degree child sexual abuse.
Meyer was identified as a former teacher at Two Rivers Public Charter School, according to a report from WJLA. The victim had first notified police in June 2019 that he and Meyer had a sexual relationship when he was a 14-year-old middle school student.
Meyer told detectives her relationship with the student began after he had turned 18, The Washington Post reported.
"She denies that she broke the law," her attorney, Jay Mykytiuk, told the newspaper. "She maintains her innocence and we plan to mount a vigorous defense against the charges."
Mykytiuk declined to comment on specific allegations contained in the affidavit.
Allegations Meyer had a relationship with a student first were made in 2010 at Two Rivers and in 2012 at a different school, which the student then attended, D.C. police said. In both cases Meyer and the student denied any relationship and police closed both investigations without filing charges, the Post reported.
Police determined the relationship was the subject of two earlier Youth Division investigations, one in 2012 and the other in 2012, according to WJLA's reporting. The earlier incidents were labeled "unfounded."
At the time of her arrest, Meyer was employed as a library media specialist in the Shaker Heights City School District in Ohio.
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