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Jeremy Earle Brown, teacher, acused of sex crimes

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A Germantown special education teacher at Meadow Hall Elementary School is facing accusations that he solicited teens for sex in online chatrooms.

Jeremy Brown (Photo courtesy Montgomery County police)

Police on Tuesday arrested Jeremy Earle Brown II, 28, and charged him with three counts of sexual solicitation of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.

He posted $50,000 bond and was released from custody.

Police said that between July 5, 2010 and Dec. 1, 2010, Brown solicited several undercover detectives in Louisiana and Michigan in online chatrooms who were posing as 14-year-old girls.

Parents of children who attend Meadow Hall elementary in Rockville received a letter describing the allegations.

"We try to keep the lines of communications open,” said Elizabeth Cooper.

"I think I'm going to remind her... Be alert in the future,” parent Zhong Chen said.

Brown allegedly initiated sexually-oriented conversations and invited detectives to view a webcam video of him masturbating, police said.

Montgomery County police served a search warrant on Brown’s residence and uncovered nude pictures of young women from his computer, according to police.

 

On the ABC7 Facebook page, we asked if you think teachers should have to take a lie detector test as part of the hiring process. The responses were split, with some in favor of tougher requirements.

“We can never be too careful when it comes to our kids,” Angie Martinez wrote. “Too many things are happening. As a parent we need to be able to know the kids are going to be safe in our schools.”

Other posters also supported the idea, saying there should be additional security measures as well.

“They (teachers) should be required to retake it every three years. Schools also need to search the FBI website ever so often and recheck fingerprints,” Benevere Owens wrote.

“If a lie detector would protect our children, you bet I'm in favor of it,” Janie Darby Fox said, adding that he “would also like to see better background checks done.”

Others, including teachers, questioned the effectiveness of such a test and said it puts all teaching applicants under undue suspicion.

“As a public school teacher for the past 16 years, one who diligently serves the families that come through my room, I just want to point one thing out. For every one scumbag you see on the news there are hundreds you never hear about busting our behinds,” wrote Amanda Williams-Young. “I will take any test you throw my way,” she said, and advised anyone who witnesses “anything or anybody who seems ‘fishy’, alert your school board and superintendent.”

“While polygraphs can be extremely accurate, they are only as good as the questions that are asked and examiner administering the test. And, as someone pointed out, it won't work if the person hasn't done anything yet,” said Mary Ann Boyd.

Like Williams-Young, Boyd also recommends parents and teachers keep an eye out for suspicious conduct.

“Prepare your kids to look out for themselves and teach them what to do, be proactive and have a relationship with your child's teacher and school. Then you will be able to know when something isn't right,” Boyd wrote.

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