Charles County Superintendent of Schools Releases Statement on Substitute Teacher Arrest

January 16, 2018

Dear CCPS Staff, Parents and Guardians:

I want to inform you of the arrest of a substitute teacher this morning. The arrest is the result of inappropriate behavior with a student and was discovered when several students reported it to the School Resource Officer at John Hanson Middle School. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) received the report Thursday and immediately removed the substitute from Hanson.

This morning the Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrested and charged Keith Krikstan with sexual child abuse, display of obscene matter and child pornography. Officers learned Krikstan had obtained a cell phone number of a female student in December 2017 and began exchanging sexually explicit materials with her via text and social media. There is no indication that there are any other victims; however, the investigation is continuing.

CCPS fully vetted Mr. Krikstan prior to hiring him as a substitute in September 2017. He was fingerprinted, completed orientation, training and a background check with the State of Maryland and the FBI. No criminal history was found. Since September, Mr. Krikstan has worked 34 days at multiple schools, including Hanson, North Point High School, Milton M. Somers Middle School, Dr. James Craik Elementary School and La Plata High School.

Part of our ongoing training includes encouraging both students and staff to say something if they see or suspect something inappropriate. We commend the students who came forward to report what they felt were inappropriate texts from an adult to a fellow student.

I am sending this letter today to CCPS staff members and parents. We understand the allegations will concern anyone whose children might have had contact with Mr. Krikstan. We encourage you to talk with your children about the situation, and if they report anything inappropriate whatsoever, please contact Detective E. Webster at contact (301) 609-6558.

Sincerely,
Kimberly A. Hill, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

18 Responses to Charles County Superintendent of Schools Releases Statement on Substitute Teacher Arrest

  1. Talking heads on January 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

    DAMAGE CONTROL!!!

    • Da’ Troof on January 16, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      No doubt about it. Slippery as an eel. Maybe she’s preparing to run for POTUS in 2020?

    • Popeye on January 17, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      This will make a great future mugshot.

  2. Anonymous on January 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Scary to think how often this type of thing happened years ago back when all they did was transfer the teacher if they got caught. Sometimes they wouldn’t even do that.

  3. Kick out Kim on January 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    This woman needs to be shown the door. One monster amongst children is one too many. This is the second one within a year. This is absolutely unacceptable & the people running the system should be held accountable.

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      I agree that someone needs to be held accountable but what do you propose they do to ensure these sickies don’t end up in the schools? They already do background checks using the FBI database. If the person has flown under the radar up to this point there is no way to know they are scum. Every criminal and every pedo has to commit their first offense at some point and unfortunately the 2 you are referring to used their position at the schools as an opportunity to further their sick and perverse tendencies. The superintendent can not read minds.

    • Heather on January 18, 2018 at 7:52 am

      The 3rd (that we know of). Carlos Bell, that woman from Saint Charles High School and now that substitute teacher

  4. Quietly setting the tone on January 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Good thing we have such “Upstanding Young Citizens” at John Hanson Middle School, that did the right thing by contacting the CCSO Resource Officer. I hope we can get a Go-Fund me page, to give $100 Gift Cards to those that informed, to help show the youth, those “That do the Right-Thing,” are far-more often Rewarded, than those that hide-behind “It Ain’t My Business,” motto.

    Those, that didn’t tell what they knew – earlier, are the ones most likely to chide, gossip, and hate on the victim, should be reminded “Now, is the time to mind-your-own-business,” lest you be a victim in the future.

    I hope the rest of Students, Parents and Staff understand, choosing to rally for the victim is far more imperative to her support, rather than shame. Any form of Bullying whether whispers, laughing, mocking or anything denigrating toward the victim should be dealt with in a harsh, justified, and swift manor by all Friends, Peers, Teachers, and Principals. The Character of a few or many, will show the mettle of our “John Hanson MS Patriots.” There’s no place for hate in our school.

    I wish the victim – hope, prosperity, peace, dignity, respect and least not love.

    • Kaylee Bowman on January 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Why would you want to sell out kids for information?!?! That is a horribal way to make them speak up about “bad” things. You wouldn’t think they are “doing the right thing” if you did something (very minor) but illegal, and they went to the cops and told on you. Would you reward them with a $100 gift card? Think about that next time you are thinking about selling kids out for information.

      • Mini HA HA on January 22, 2018 at 9:20 am

        Yes – just “horribal”!

  5. Anonymous on January 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    You need to read before making a comment it was a man not a woman. This type of behavior I getting ridiculous Prayers for the victims castrate the men

    • Big Cookie on January 17, 2018 at 10:46 am

      If you’re referring to the comments of “Kick out Kim” (This woman needs to be shown the door), the woman being referred to here is Kimberly Hill, the Superintendent of schools, not the substitute teacher.

  6. Disgusted on January 16, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    This is actually the second incidence of this in Charles County Public Schools. Bell was the first. obviously there is something wrong with the school system that this has occurred AGAIN. I question Ms. Hill’s ability to ensure the safety of the children in her care.
    There are pedophiles and child molesters in every walk of life but 2 in one school system in one year is 2 too many.
    Parents should be encouraged to investigate anyone and everyone who has any contact with their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, children of friends and any other child they know. Check the database, check Md Judiciary Casesearch.
    There should also be stricter penalties for anyone who is convicted or pleads guilty to any sexual abuse of minors. Jail time should be steep. Serving 14 months of a 20 year sentence should not be acceptable! Make them pay because the child who is abused is forced to serve a life sentence so should the pedophile.

  7. Josh Fury on January 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    This is BS.

    • Anonymoud on January 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Give us the real story Mr Helper.

    • Anonymous on January 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Give us the real story Mr Helper.

  8. Anonymous on January 20, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Mr. Disgusted and the other ill minded people that wish to accuse the principal is wrong. The school system did an investigation into each of the applicants and all of them passed.
    nothing showed up during the background investigations. Now once the applicant begins their job as a substitute teacher and begin to unravel their hidden lust for little young kids, that’s not the school system fault. I am pretty sure if anything was detected during the investigation, they wouldn’t have hired the idiot. If they hired you right now and you passed the background check and all of the other requirements, then the job would be yours. It would not be the school systems fault if after you were hired that you started feeling your lust for kids and screwed up. It would be wrong to blame the school system. The school system did their job and removed the idiot once they learned that he was a creep.

    • School Bored on January 22, 2018 at 9:22 am

      So all “CREEPS” are being removed?