Cumberland Times-News

November 15, 2012

Sex offender seen taking photos of Northeast students

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Authorities were looking for a known sex offender who was reportedly taking pictures of students at the Northeast Elementary School playground Wednesday.

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident with assistance of Maryland State Police, Cumberland Police and the C3I Unit.

The incident prompted a statement issued by the Allegany County Board of Education early Thursday afternoon.

“Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, November 14, 2012, a vehicle was observed by a parent at Northeast Elementary School. Inside the vehicle, a male appeared to be taking photographs of students on the playground. 

“The parent immediately notified school personnel and was able to give them a physical description of the man, a description of the vehicle, and the vehicle’s license plate number. School and system administrators notified law enforcement, who determined that the vehicle observed is owned by a registered sex offender.

“As a precaution, Northeast notified parents of the incident via School Messenger and asked that they be extra vigilant in their care of children. School officials continue to work with law enforcement to assess any potential threats. In the meantime, the school system is asking parents and the community for heightened watchfulness in an effort to keep students safe,” the statement concluded.

A Northeast school parent told the Times-News she received a voice mail message Wednesday at about 4:40 p.m. from a school official advising of the incident and urging parents to take precautions.