Montgomery Village Middle School. Credit: Montgomery County Public Schools

This story, originally published on Nov. 7, 2023 at 10:29 a.m., was updated on Nov. 7, 2023 at 2:18 p.m. to add details from the charging documents.

A then-Montgomery County Public Schools teacher sexually abused a 14-year-old eighth-grade student at Montgomery Village Middle School for several months in 2015, charging documents allege.

Some of the alleged incidents took place on school grounds and in a classroom, according to charging documents.

Melissa Marie Curtis, 31, of Upper Marlboro turned herself in Tuesday after being charged with sexual abuse of a minor, police said.

On Oct. 5, police began investigating allegations that Curtis sexually abused a victim—now an adult male—while she was a teacher. Police said they believe there may be more victims.

The victim alleged that the abuse began in 2015 when he was attending Montgomery Village Middle School, which was where Curtis was teaching. At the time the alleged abuse started, Curtis was 22 years old.


The incidents lasted for several months in 2015, ending in April of that year, and the victim alleged that Curtis had sexual intercourse with him at least 20 times during that period, according to charging documents.

The incidents all took place in Montgomery County, occurring in her car, at their residences and inside the school, including in a classroom, charging documents alleged.

The victim alleged that before one of the instances, Curtis provided him with alcohol and marijuana, charging documents said.


Curtis taught in MCPS for around two years, also teaching at Lakelands Park Middle School, according to police.

MCPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning.

Police said they obtained an arrest warrant for Curtis on Oct. 31, and she faces 15 charges, including sexual abuse of a minor and multiple counts of third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses.


She is awaiting her bond hearing, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to digital court records.

Curtis’ attorney information is not listed in digital court records.

The county police’s Special Victims Investigations Division detectives urge any potential victims to call 240-773-5400.


This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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