RMHS Security Guard Continued Contact with Student


After the leader of Richard Montgomery High School’s security team, Mark Yantsos, was arrested on April 6, 2017 for having sex with a 17-year-old student, he was released on a bail bond and ordered to stay away from the victim.

According to MyMCMedia, Yantsos visited with the victim in late April and early May. On May 2, 2017, they were together for about five hours and had sex leading to a “State’s Emergency Motion to Revoke Bond and Request for Warrant.”

A full report from NBC4 Washington details the extent of the contact between Yantsos and the victim, alleging she was at his home five days in a row and he gave her $100 on the last day, resulting in the police re-arresting Yantsos on Friday, May 5, 2017. The station is also reporting that according to sources, Yantsos is undergoing a mental evaluation at a hospital.

A Felony Dismissal Trial has been set for June 2, 2017, in the District Court of Maryland.

No word on whether there will be any additional charges brought in this case. Currently Yantsos is charged with sexual abuse of a minor and a fourth-degree sex offense. The fourth-degree sex offense was brought because, as a security guard, Yantsos was in a position of authority employed as a full-time permanent employee by a school.

According to Jack Smith, Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the Montgomery County Board of Education updated its policy regarding child abuse and neglect in 2015. At that time the system developed the Employee Code of Conduct. The document summarized the standards of conduct that MCPS and the broader community expect employees to follow.

Richard Montgomery High School is choosing a new team leader for security from the school’s staff and will have a permanent replacement assigned by July 1, 2017.

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