Montgomery Blair High School Substitute Teacher Charged With Sexually Abusing Student

Man was school’s assistant football coach


Cory Boatman


Updated 9:30 a.m. Monday: A substitute teacher and assistant football coach at Montgomery Blair High School has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old student, police announced Friday.

Cory Boatman, 27, was sexually involved with a female student who knew him through his employment at the school, according to Montgomery County police. He’s been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

Boatman was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 25 because of the charges, Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala said.

The girl reported that Boatman began sending her suggestive text messages in early August, police said. Later that month, he allegedly picked her up at her house and drove her to his apartment in the 10900 block of Amherst Avenue in Wheaton and had sex with her.

Police obtained a warrant for his arrest Friday and Boatman turned himself in.

Boatman is the fourth Montgomery County Public Schools employee in several months to be charged with sexually abusing a student and the second to be charged this week.

On Thursday, police arrested Roy A. Simmons, 43, of Gaithersburg, and charged him with inappropriately touching a 10-year-old student while he was working at an after-school event at Carderock Springs Elementary in Potomac. He was also employed as a temporary, part-time paraeducator at the school at the time, according to MCPS.

In May, Mike Lievano, a security guard at Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School was arrested and charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old female student at the school. He is set to appear in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville for a pretrial hearing Oct. 13.

Mark Yantsos, the head of security at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, was arrested in April and accused of abusing a 17-year-old student at the school. He is scheduled to be sentenced in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Oct. 30.

Boatman began working as an MCPS substitute teacher in March of 2014 and started volunteering as a football and basketball coach for Blair about three months later, Onijala wrote in an email.

He spent most of his time substitute teaching at Blair High, but worked once last month as a substitute at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Onijala added. Blair High hired him as an assistant football coach in August.   

Blair High’s principal, Renay Johnson, wrote in a letter to parents that MCPS put Boatman on administrative leave as soon as the school system learned of the criminal allegations. Onijala did not know when the school system heard about the allegations. She said Friday that Boatman is still on administrative leave.

“These charges are deeply concerning and unacceptable. This type of behavior does not reflect the principles of MCPS or our community, and it will not be tolerated,” Johnson wrote.

MCPS has cooperated with police, Child Protective Services and the county state’s attorney during the investigation, the principal’s letter explained. 

Police have asked that parents of students who may have had contact with Boatman to talk to their children about their interactions with him and to contact special victims detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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