Silver Spring Maryland – Montgomery County – Larry Joynes – music teacher accused of multiple counts of molestation and child porn

Larry Joynes - silver spring maryland - music teacher

Silver Spring, Maryland – Investigators say Lawrence (Larry) Joynes, 55, of Dundalk, molested at least 15 children in his classroom over two decades. Joynes, a Montgomery County Public School teacher of 27 years, most recently taught music at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring.

In October 2012, Homeland Security arrested a South Carolina man for possession and distribution of child pornography. Agents seized the man’s computer, finding hundreds of images, videos and emails depicting children in sexually compromising positions. Investigators pinpointed correspondence with a Yahoo email address. The account stemmed from an IP address registered to Joynes’ home along the 1900 block of Ormand Road in Dundalk.

In February 2013, police arrested the 55-year-old music instructor trying to escape through the back door of his modest red brick row home. According to charging documents, Joynes agreed to a sit-down interview, where he admitted to filming many of his students, ages 7 to 10, in class.

On Thursday, Joynes’ took a plea deal in Baltimore County District Court. The State’s Attorney’s Office agreed to drop all, but one count of possession of child pornography, in exchange for Joynes’ acceptance of guilt. Sources close to the prosecution say the softball move was made simply to accelerate the former teacher’s transfer to Montgomery County where the charges are far more egregious and damning – 14 counts packing a punch worth more than 300 years in prison.

Less than 24 hours after leaving Baltimore County, Joynes appeared Friday via closed-circuit television for his bond review in Montgomery County District Court. Despite a request for release ahead of trial, a judge set no bond, citing the seriousness of the crimes at hand.

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