Prince George’s abuse task force delays recommendations until late May

dukesIn what appears to be a one man’s show driven by special interest in a morally dead situation, a Prince George’s County task force created to examine policies for safeguarding children from sexual abuse in schools expects to issue recommendations by late this month. This comes several weeks later than planned, officials said this week.

Schools chief Kevin Maxwell created the task force in February as Prince George’s reeled from one of the region’s largest child sexual abuse cases in years. Glenarden resident Deonte Carraway, 22, was accused of directing students as young as 9 to perform sex acts and video-recording them. Police say there are at least 17 victims, and some of the incidents occurred at school.

Maxwell pledged that the task force would “carefully scrutinize every single policy and procedure we have in place.” School officials said they expected recommendations no later than May 2, 2016

The chairman of the task force, Charlene Dukes, briefly explained the revised timeline in a statement this week, saying that public response to a request for comment — made in April — was “tremendous.”

“To ensure that due diligence is given to the community’s input and the balance of our work, we anticipate releasing our findings and recommendations by the end of May,” Dukes said. “We have an obligation to get this right, and we owe it to students, parents and the community to properly complete our work.”

The group’s meetings have been closed to the public — an issue that has prompted a complaint to the state’s Open Meetings Compliance Board.

via Washington post



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