Former Gaithersburg Art Instructor Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Children

Former Gaithersburg Art Instructor Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Children

Police say there were three victims

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Gene Pasay

Gene Alphonse Brugada Pasay

Photo via Montgomery County police

A former Gaithersburg art instructor who police say abused three children pleaded guilty Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Gene Alphonse Brugada Pasay, 30, was arrested July 15. Police said he made sexual gestures and showed inappropriate videos and photos to two boys while he worked at the Renaissance Art Center in Gaithersburg. Police said the incidents happened between September 2018 and March 2019.

During Friday’s hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Haynos said Pasay also abused a third child, but did not give that child’s gender.

Pasay pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor. Sexual abuse in those cases is defined in state law as “an act that involves sexual molestation or exploitation of a minor, whether physical injuries are sustained or not.”

Before agreeing to the plea, Judge Harry Storm reminded Pasay that he would be giving up his right to a trial.

Pasay faces sentencing on Jan. 31. The maximum penalty for sexual abuse of a minor is 25 years of incarceration, Storm said. The State’s Attorney’s Office has asked for a sentence of 18 months, which would include time suspended.

As part of his penalty, Pasay could be required to register in Maryland as a sex offender. Pasay is undergoing a psychosexual evaluation, his attorney David Felsen said in court.

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

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