A former substitute teacher at Roberto Clemente Middle School and many other Montgomery County Public Schools to 10 years in prison on Friday for sexually abusing students.
Jose Pineda, 50, of Gaithersburg entered a guilty plea to one count of sex abuse of a minor and one count of third degree sex offense on April 1, on Friday he was sentenced 10 years in prison for each count.
The sentencing took place in Judge Joseph Dugan’s courtroom. Judge Dugan sentenced Pineda to 10 years on each count with all but five years suspended. The sentences are to be concurrent, so Pineda will spend a total of five years behind bars, as was negotiated as part of the plea deal arranged by prosecutors in April. After five years, Pineda will face probation with a number of conditions. He will also have to register as a sex offender every three months for the rest of his life.
Pineda was arrested by Montgomery County Police on Oct. 14, 2014 after a 12-year-old student at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown accused him of making inappropriate contact with her in September.
In November, Montgomery County Police held a press conference seeking information from students at other MCPS schools where Pineda had worked. Montgomery County Police explained that Pineda’s work history with MCPS reached back to the year 2000, when he was hired as a bus driver. Pineda worked as a bus driver from 2000 until 2003. From 2003 until 2006, he worked for MCPS as a substitute teacher.
It was during this time that the Pineda allegedly abused a girl while working as a substitute teacher at Forest Oak Middle School in 2004. That victim, who is now 24-years-old came forward after the Roberto Clemente incident. Numerous students from other schools had also stepped forward in the subsequent weeks with similar allegations.
Pineda, a married father of three, is from Honduras and in addition to his jail sentence, he may also face deportation.
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