A teacher who worked in a private after school program at several elementary schools in Montgomery County pleaded guilty to a sexual offense.
Rayshad Golwalla, 37, is scheduled to be sentenced in March at the Montgomery County Circuit Court. In the Golwalla case, an indictment stated that he had sexually touched a minor Gaithersburg boy in a private residence in February 2018.
Golwalla has worked from 2016 to 2018 for Panda Programmer, which offers computer coding camps and extracurricular programs to school-aged children. The program operates in several elementary schools in Montgomery County.
In a letter to parents, a Panda Programmer official said, "Although the offenses did not occur during the Panda Coding Club, they did not occur in a classroom and did not involve children. students from Panda Programmer or Coding Club, but we feel obliged. bring this to your attention. If you receive this letter, it is because the offender may have taught your child as a teaching assistant in one or more of our classes. "
Panda Programmer teaches elementary classes at Beverly Farms, Candlewood Elementary, Diamond Elementary School, DuFief Elementary School, Elementary Fields Elementary Road, Elementary Road Elementary School, Jones Lane Elementary School, Elementary School, Rachel Carson Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Travilah Elementary and Wayside Elementary. The company also offers private camps for students.
The letter from the founder of Panda Program to parents does not indicate in which schools Golwalla worked, if any.
"Although we have no reason to believe that Mr. Golwalla has had inappropriate contact with Panda Programmer / Coding Club students, we are sending this situation to you as a precaution," says the letter to parents.
A Panda Programmer spokesperson said the program required a background check and prohibited staff from interacting with the children one-on-one.
The Montgomery County Public Schools offer facilities for after-school programs but are not affiliated with Panda Programmer operations.
Golwalla's lawyer did not immediately return the requests for comment.