Former Gaithersburg Art Instructor Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges

Former Gaithersburg Art Instructor Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges

Gene Alphonse Brugada Pasay is accused of making sexual gestures and showing inappropriate images to two boys

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Gene Pasay

Gene Pasay

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A former instructor at the Renaissance Art Center in Gaithersburg was indicted Thursday in Montgomery County Circuit Court on charges that he sexually abused two boys.

Gene Alphonse Brugada Pasay, 30, was arrested by Montgomery County Police July 15 for allegedly making sexual gestures toward two boys and showing them inappropriate videos and photos during an art class.

Police learned of the alleged abuse June 4 and spent more than a month investigating the allegations, before arresting Pasay. They determined that the alleged inappropriate acts occurred between September 2018 and March 2019. Pasay was charged on July 15 with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office, confirmed that Pasay had been indicted by declined to comment further.

Pasay’s attorney, David Felsen, said it is important for people to wait for the facts to come out.

“It’s still very early in the process and we anticipate that a full review of the facts in this case will demonstrate that things are not as currently alleged,” he said.

According to the state’s court database, there is a scheduling hearing set for Sept. 13.

Pasay, according to his LinkedIn profile, is a professional artist who has also worked at the Wheaton Ice Arena as an assistant manager and as a hockey coach at the Red Line Athletic Club in Rockville. Police have said they are concerned there may be additional victims and ask anyone with information to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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