Substitute Teacher Charged With Inappropriately Touching Student Worked at 14 MCPS Schools

Substitute Teacher Charged With Inappropriately Touching Student Worked at 14 MCPS Schools

Case against Steven Katz only pertains to alleged behavior at Cloverly Elementary in Silver Spring

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Steven Katz

Via Montgomery County Police Department

A substitute teacher charged last week with inappropriately touching a Cloverly Elementary School student has worked at 13 other public schools in Montgomery County.

Superintendent Jack Smith on Monday sent out a message informing parents that Steven Katz worked as a substitute with Montgomery County Public Schools from May 2017 to March 12, 2018, when education officials learned of the allegations against him.

During that period, he taught at: Brooke Grove Elementary, Olney Elementary and William H. Farquhar Middle schools in Olney; Burning Tree Elementary, Seven Locks Elementary and Thomas W. Pyle Middle schools in Bethesda; Burnt Mills Elementary and John F. Kennedy High schools in Silver Spring; Burtonsville Elementary School; Sherwood Elementary and Sherwood High schools in Sandy Spring; Wayside Elementary School in Potomac and Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville.

The charges against Katz are related only to alleged behavior at Cloverly Elementary in Silver Spring, but Smith wrote that he wanted to notify parents from the other schools, as well.

“The allegations in this case are upsetting and unacceptable. They represent a violation of MCPS policies and do not reflect the values of our school system,” he wrote. “The safety of every student in our district is our top priority and a responsibility that we do not take lightly.”

The school system is providing counseling and support to students and families as needed, Smith wrote.

Katz, 59, of Columbia also worked as a substitute in 43 Howard County schools over the past two years, the Howard County Times reported. No complaints have been filed against him in Howard County.

The student at Cloverly Elementary on March 8 told his parent that Katz had touched him at school that day in a way that made him feel uncomfortable, according to Montgomery County police.

The parent shared the report with school administrators, who alerted police. In speaking with investigators, Katz admitted inappropriately touching the student, police reported.

Katz turned himself in to authorities and was taken to jail on charges of sexually abusing a minor and fourth-degree sex offense. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Smith said parents with information that might be pertinent to the investigation should contact police at 240-773-5400.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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