Update on charges filed against Lackey teacher
Jury finds teacher not guilty of student allegations
Statement released by Charles County Public Schools Thursday, July 20
La Plata, MD – Today, a Charles County jury found Ronald Wells, a science teacher from Henry E. Lackey High School, not guilty of student allegations of sexual abuse.
Two students had accused Wells in the spring of 2016 of allegedly attempting to engage in sexual abuse. One student made his allegation on April 29, 2016. A second allegation by a different student was made in May 2016 about an incident that occurred a year prior, in May or June of 2015.
Following Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) protocol, the school system immediately placed Wells on administrative leave and subsequently provided a temporary assignment at the administrative offices. The accusations were reported to the Department of Social Services and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office later forwarded the case to the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
At the start of the 2016-17 school year, Wells returned to the CCPS administrative offices in a temporary assignment. The investigation remained with outside investigating agencies, which had not filed charges. The State’s Attorney’s Office secured an indictment against Wells on Jan. 27, 2017. Wells has not been in a school since April 29, 2016.
Superintendent Kimberly Hill said, “Our priority continues to be keeping our students safe. We take all accusations seriously, and we follow our procedures consistently, as we did in this case. Although it has taken time for the criminal process to play out in this matter, the process has worked as it should. I appreciate the efforts of the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, and our dedicated staff who work together to ensure that our children are safe.”
La Plata Md. – July 7, According to news sources A Charles County science teacher is set to go on trial later this month for the alleged sexual abuse of two of his students.
Ronald Wells was removed from Henry E. Lackey High School back in May 2016 and indicted eight months later. However, his charges were never made public by the county’s sheriff’s office or Charles County Public Schools.
According to the documents filed in court, a 17-year-old student told police on his birthday in April of last year that he went looking for a cake another student put under his desk in his science class. But when he couldn’t find it, his teacher, Wells, said the cake was in the supply closet. Once inside the closet, the student said Wells asked to see his genitals. The student then left.
The court document filed in the case says, “The defendant is an adult teacher at Lackey High School. During the time of this incident the defendant has due care and custody of the victim due to him being a teacher and the victim being a student.”
The indictment filed in the case indicates there is a second victim.
Wells has been on paid administrative leave for more than a year and his trial is scheduled to start July 18.
Wells’ attorney in a statement said, “Mr. Wells emphatically denies the charges and looks forward to a jury hearing the truth at trial.”
The case against Wells only came to light after the Charles County Sheriff’s Office revealed it had filed sexual assault charges against a former HIV positive teacher’s aide who is accused of videotaping numerous sexual assaults of young boys inside a classroom at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School.
As far as releasing information on Wells, a spokesperson for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said they were unaware of the charges being filed. It could be the fact that eight months went by from the time the allegation was made until charges were filed, and then the indictment didn’t come down until January of this year.