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Bond set for 3 former special education school employees charged with sexually assaulting students

Posted at 5:07 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 17:39:01-04

JEFFERSON, Md. (WMAR) — A bond review was held Thursday afternoon in Frederick County Circuit Court, for three former special education school employees facing child abuse and sexual assault charges.

Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. set a $50,000.00 secured bond for Jermaine Thomas, 35, of Frederick, on condition that he surrender his passports and have no contact with either the victim of co-defendants. Thomas, who holds both a U.S. and Hungarian passport from a previous basketball career in Europe was also ordered to pre-trial supervision.

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Both Ariel Eppard, 27, and Wesley Dean, 32, were granted $25,000.00 secured bond, and ordered to pre-trial supervision, and to have no contact with the victim, Thomas, or each other.

All three men were employees at the Jefferson School, and are accused of crimes against two female students ages 17 and 18, who they had supervision over in the residential treatment area of the building.

Prosecutors allege that the assaults began in late 2018 and continued into 2019.

According to charging documents, Thomas and Eppard sexually assaulted one of the victim's multiple times on and off school property, while Dean committed sexual offenses on both victims on campus.

A 2 p.m. pre-trial conference has been scheduled for September 30, at the Frederick County Circuit Court.