JEFFERSON, Md. (WJZ) — Three former employees of a Frederick County special needs day school and residential treatment center were in court Thursday for a bond review.

Jermaine Thomas, 35, of Frederick, Ariel Eppard, 27, of Hagerstown, and Wesley Dean, 32, of Montgomery Village, face numerous charges for alleged sex crimes with two then-students at The Jefferson School.

The offenses involved a 17-year-old and 18-year-old female. The investigation is continuing into other allegations.

“There are multiple other allegations involving students, but we are still investigating them,” an official said.

Three Former Employees Of Maryland Special Education School Arrested On Child Sex Abuse Charges

A judge set bond at $50,000 for Thomas with conditions he surrenders his passports. He has a U.S. and Hungarian passport from his time playing basketball in Europe, officials said.

The judge set bond at $25,000 for Eppard and Dean. All three were ordered to have pre-trial supervision and no contact with victims or each other.

In a statement to WJZ Wednesday, the school said they immediately placed the trio on leave when the allegations surfaced and later fired all three.

Stetson Miller


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