Stanbrook man now charged with child sexual abuse
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:58

Arrested earlier for possession of child porn

by Bill Gates

    A Stanbrook resident who was arrested on child pornography charges in February has now been charged with child sex abuse.
    Lawrence W. Joynes, 54, of the 1900 block of Ormand Road, has been charged with 14 counts of sex abuse of a minor, child abuse, second-degree rape and a third-degree sex offense.
    Joynes, who was a music teacher at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, was arrested in February after Baltimore County Police raided his home and allegedly found child pornography on his computer.
    He had taught at the school for 10 years, and had worked in the Montgomery County Public Schools system for 27 years.
    The ensuing investigation by Montgomery County police found that Joynes has allegedly sexually abused 15 female students.
    Fourteen of the students were in his music class at New Hampshire Estates. Joynes allegedly touched the girls inappropriately and directed/assisted them to  make sexually suggestive gestures.
    The alleged abuse took place when the victims were in kindergarten through second grade, between 2005 and 2013.
    The 15th victim, now an adult, was allegedly abused when she was Joynes’ student from 1991 through 1993.
    Joynes is being charged with child abuse, second-degree rape, a third-degree sex offense and two counts of a second-degree sex offense in connection with the victim who is now an adult.

He had been placed on administrative leave after being arrested in February, but the Montgomery County school system released a statement saying Joynes is no longer employed by the system.
    The original investigation of Joynes was prompted by information provided to county police by U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigators in February.
    The information concerned a related child sexual exploitation investigation in South Carolina.
    “Photographs recovered from a computer in South Carolina were found to have been sent to the suspect from a computer at Lawrence Joynes’ home,” Baltimore County police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton said in February. “Detectives were able to develop enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for the home and computer.”
    Investigators reportedly discovered videos and images of children at both Joynes’ home and classroom, on his computer and other digital media.
    Montgomery County police say they have identified victims through the images and videos, but ask that anyone else who has been a victim of abuse by Joynes to call 240-773-5400.
    Jones is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $1 million bail.