Montgomery County Police announced the arrest of a retired Montgomery County Public Schools teacher on sexual abuse charges for an incident which occurred while he was a teacher at Rockville High School in the mid-1980s.
Detectives from the MCPD Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested and charged Michael John Riley, 63, of the 200 block of Deer Run Drive in Walkersville, with sexual abuse offenses for his involvement in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student that occurred during the 1984 to 1985 academic school year at Rockville High School.
The sexual relationship occurred while Riley was employed as a teacher at Rockville High School located at 2100 Baltimore Road in Rockville. Riley is currently a staff member at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School located at 1901 East Jefferson Street in Rockville.
According to a statement from Montgomery County Public Schools, the school district has been made aware of the arrest of Michael Riley, a former teacher and athletic director who retired in April, 2010. Mr. Riley has been charged with child abuse and molestation.
“Mr. Riley was hired by MCPS in 1979 and retired in 2010. During this time he was a teacher at Rockville and Richard Montgomery high schools, and served as athletic director at Poolesville and Clarksburg high schools,” said the statement.
Riley served as the athletic director at Poolesville High School form 1994 to 2006, in 2006 he moved on to become athletic director at Clarksburg High School. He served as AD in Clarksburg until he retired from MCPS in 2010, according to Derek Turner as spokesman for MCPS.
MCPS is fully cooperating with the Montgomery County Police Department on this matter, said the statement released Tuesday night. “Given that the alleged incidents occurred several decades ago, no letter will be sent to current families,” read the statement.
On April 20, 2018, detectives began investigating the report that Riley had an ongoing and inappropriate sexual relationship with the victim during the 1984 to 1985 school year. The victim stated to investigators that at that time, she was a student at Rockville High School and that she knew Riley from his employment at the school. The victim further stated that on multiple occasions, Riley engaged in sexual intercourse with her in the school and during school hours.
On April 24, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Riley, charging him with child abuse by a custodian, school molestation on premises, and school molestation by staff. On Tuesday, May 1, Riley turned himself into detectives and was transported to the Central Processing Unit. Riley was released from confinement on $20,000 bond on May 2.
Detectives are requesting that parents of students who attend the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, where Riley is currently a staff member, talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.
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