The Quince Orchard community and especially the wrestling team were shocked mid-September when a former volunteer coach and star athlete at the school was arrested by a statewide task force and charged with multiple counts of possessing child pornography and also possession of the drug Ecstasy.
The Metropolitan Area Drug Task Force (MADTF) arrested Dake Williams, age 28, on Sept. 9 at his residence. Williams was incarcerated at the Montgomery County Detention Center. Four days later he posted bond and was released.
On Oct. 17, Williams was indicted by the Montgomery County grand jury for 10 counts of possessing child pornography and four counts of possessing and distributing drugs. A court date has not been set.
The investigation into Williams’ activities began in 2017 when Border Patrol agents in New York City intercepted a package mailed from Germany and addressed to Williams at his residence in the Crown Farm area of Gaithersburg. Examination of the package revealed that it contained the drug MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy.
Police sources said that a group of federal and local officers paid a visit to Williams’ apartment and were allowed inside by Williams. Officers observed an array of equipment typically used in the dealing of drugs. Williams declined to answer questions, and the officers left the apartment but remained in the area. In the meantime, a Maryland State Police officer, a member of the MADTF, obtained a search warrant and the officers returned. They seized the drug distribution equipment in addition to a large number of electronic devices.
Later on, the electronic equipment was taken to the offices of Homeland Security where they were forensically examined. Investigators discovered more than 1,000 images of child pornography.
Williams was a star athlete at Quince Orchard High who played football and wrestling. He was named to the Honorable Mention section by the Washington Post in 2007. He later was taken on as a volunteer wrestling coach in 2015 and coached until 2018. He had been named to the school’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame, but his name was removed when school officials learned of his arrest.
Principal Beth Thomas and Athletic Director Jeffrey Rabberman did not return phone calls or emails asking for comment. Principal Thomas sent home a letter on Sept. 16 that emphasized the school’s commitment to the wellbeing of its students and stated that school psychologists and counselors would be available to talk to students as needed. She urged parents or students with information about the case to call the Montgomery County Police Child Exploitation Unit at 240.773.5400.
MCPS spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said that Williams completed a fingerprinting and background check. This is not as thorough as the background check that police and fire department candidates go through, which includes a lengthy interview, physical and psychological exam, credit check, academic check, interview with friends and acquaintances and a polygraph exam. Onijala said the school system does not do those things.
Ramon Korionoff, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorneys Office, said that he could not explain why there was a two-year delay between the discovery of the drugs and pornography and the arrest of Williams.