An IT specialist at a Virginia elementary school has been charged with sexually abusing multiple girls, according to police.
Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD) officers arrested 33-year-old Johnathan George Skocik on April 6 after detectives were alerted to numerous serious allegations against him.
The assaults on the girls allegedly took place between March and April this year at John Jenkins Elementary School in Woodbridge.
At the time of these incidents, Skocik was an employee of Prince William County Public Schools (PWCPS).
According to a PWCPD Facebook post on Saturday, April 16, Shock was identified as the suspect after being identified by several girls.
It read: “During the course of the investigation, detectives identified a total of four victims, all eight-year-old girls, who were inappropriately touched by the defendant in his school building office.
“The victims reported the encounters to a teacher, who then informed the school administration and the authorities.
Police said Skocik was arrested on April 15 and charged by a guardian with four counts of aggravated sexual assault and four counts of indecent freedom.
The PWCPD asked anyone with information that might aid investigators in their investigation to contact them through their website.
news week has reached out to PWCPD and PWCPS for comment.
Under Virginia law, aggravated sexual assault is a felony punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than 20 years and a fine not exceeding $100,000.
Depending on the severity of the sexual abuse, a person found guilty by a guardian of taking indecent liberties may face either a Class 5 or Class 6 felony.
In Virginia, a Class 5 felony carries a sentence of no less than one year and no more than 10 years imprisonment and a fine of no more than $2,500.
A Class 6 felony in the state is punishable by not less than one year, not more than five years, or, at the discretion of the judge or jury, not more than 12 months in prison and a fine of not more than $2,500 to lead.
Child sexual abuse in the United States is a problem with tens of thousands of victims each year, with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network estimating that one child sexual abuse lawsuit is filed every nine minutes.
According to the Child Maltreatment Survey, published in 2018 and commissioned by numerous US child protection agencies, 57,329 minors were identified as victims of sexual abuse in 2016.
Earlier this month it emerged that Michael Porter, 55, was accused of secretly filming more than 100 children at numerous Chicago YMCAs from 2006 to 2020.
He is accused of filming victims between the ages of 5 and 17 and inappropriately touching at least two boys in a locker room.
news week As previously reported in July 2021, the FBI announced that it would indict Porter on seven counts of making and attempting to make child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of electronic devices containing child pornography.
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