Just a week after Montgomery County Police announced the arrest of a school bus driver on child pornography charges, another former school employee was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a minor.
Michael Rosenzweig, 52, of Germantown, Md., was charged with five counts of third-degree sexual offense for an incident dating back to 2003. Police said Rosenzweig was a former security assistant working at Lakelands Park Middle School (LPMS) from August 2006 to February 2007. He most recently worked as an aid for Maxim Health Care located in Towson, Md. That company provides behavioral services to children.
According to Montgomery County Police, an 18-year-old male reported the abuse on March 11. The man claimed the abuse occurred when he was 10 years old during the months of June and July 2003.
The police report stated that during the summer of 2003 the victim regularly swam at the Stratford Knolls community pool located at 11521 Doxdam Terrace in Germantown. It was there the boy met Rosenzweig. The victim alleges Rosenzweig touched him in an inappropriate manner on five occasions.
In February police said the victim saw Rosenzweig again when he entered the victim’s place of work. He said Rosenzweig was with several children whom the victim believed to be autistic.
Police tracked down Rosenzweig using his license plate number.
According to police, Rosenzweig had been a suspect in two previous incidences of child sexual assault. In 1990 he was alleged to have inappropriately touched several female students while he was a teacher at St. John Evangelist School in Silver Spring. In 2006, Rosenzweig was alleged to have videotaped a teenage boy undressing in Rosenzweig’s Germantown home. He was not charged in either case due to what police said was a lack of probable cause.
Because Rosenzweig has a history of employment with juveniles and because of previous allegations against him, detectives are working to find other possible victims. He was employed from fall 1989 through June 1992 as a physical education teacher at the St. John Evangelist School in Silver Spring, Md. He reported that he was a police officer at American University in the 1990s.
After he worked at American University, he told detectives that he worked for the Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children located at 8615 East Village Avenue in Montgomery Village. He worked as a para-educator for special needs children at Stedwick Elementary School from 1999 through August 2002. He was a security assistant at Neelsville Middle School from August 2002 through August 2006, and at LPMS from August 2006 through February 2007. Since November 2010, he was employed by Maxim Health Care.
LPMS Principal Deborah Higdon was expected to send out a Connect-Ed phone message to parents with information about Rosenzweig’s arrest.
LPMS PTA President Kim Skimmons released a message through the PTA yahoo listserv alerting members.
“The police have indicated that none of the actions that led to his recent arrest involved his employment at the school; however, we are asking that anyone with information about Mr. Rosenzweig’s conduct immediately call police,” Skimmons wrote in the e-mail.
Skimmons said Higdon notified her immediately of the arrest. Skimmons and other Quince Orchard cluster representatives have criticized Montgomery County Public Schools officials for what they called a lack of communication regarding an earlier incident where a school bus driver was arrested on possessing and distributing child pornography.
“I wish to emphasize that Mrs. Higdon has been extremely forthcoming with information about this incident as well as the bus driver incident last week and other noteworthy incidents this year (e.g., the woman who boarded one of our buses a few weeks ago and was arrested). Whatever information she had available, she shared with the PTSA and parents as quickly as possible on each of these occasions. As PTSA president, I am extremely pleased and grateful for the openness she has shown to us, and I value her leadership at LPMS,” Skimmons wrote.
Anyone who has concern about inappropriate contact between Michael Rosenzweig and a juvenile should contact Detective John Reinikka, the Family Crimes Division at 240.773.5400.