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MCPS Paraeducator Charged with Child Neglect After Student is Found in Damascus

Montgomery County Police don’t know exactly how a 16-year-old boy with autism walked from Rockville to Damascus, but they know he was found walking by himself along Ridge Road at about 2:00 pm on Monday.

Police announced that a Montgomery County Public Schools paraeducator, Alfredo Lopez, has been arrested and charged with two counts of neglect of a minor after two teenage students with Autism and an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) separately walked away from the Rockville public school they attend.

Police arrested Alfredo Lopez, age 59, of the 7800 block of Mineral Springs Drive in Gaithersburg on Wednesday, Sept. 26 after determining that Lopez was responsible for the two students when they went missing from the school. Both students were eventually found safe and returned to their homes