Bilingual 4th Grade Teacher Arrested For Sexually Molesting Student
Some parents learned Wednesday that a D.C. bilingual school teacher was charged for sexual abuse of a child.
Via WUSA 9:
Giovanni Pena, 31, of Northwest, D.C.,was charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a child on Monday, Metropolitan Police Department officials said.
Pena is a bilingual teacher at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School located in the 2000 block of 19th Street NW. Police say the Youth Investigations Division received information regarding an allegation of sexual abuse involving a child.
He has been teaching fourth grade students at the school. According to the school’s website, Pena — who lives about a mile away from the Columbia Heights school — has been at Oyster-Adams since 2008 teaching second and third grades as well.
DCPS provided the following statement on Wednesday:
“The safety of our students is a top priority. As soon as we became aware of this situation, we acted promptly to remove the teacher from the school and fully cooperate with MPD in this investigation. We are focusing our attention on supporting our students and school community. As this is an active police investigation, any questions should be referred to MPD. “
Wednesday, a diverse community of parents dropped off children at the school. Many of them heard for the first time about the charges against Pena.
Patricia Catalan tells us her son was in Pena’s fourth grade class last year and he was a great teacher. Yasmina Castellanos also said he taught her son and she had nothing but good interactions with him.
Pena is being held without bond, and is due back in court on Friday.
Anyone who has information regarding similar offenses involving Mr. Pena is asked to call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Anonymous information can be submitted by calling or texting anytime.