The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Investigation Update webpage is dedicated to providing the most accurate and up-to-date information about recent and on-going investigations that involve school system employees linked to crimes occurring in CCPS buildings, on its grounds and/or with CCPS students. This site is part of the system’s efforts to be transparent with parents and the community, while providing counseling and related resources to those who need them.

North Point High School Investigation

On May 23, 2018, a Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employee was indicted for inappropriately touching students. A grand jury charged Ralph Marvin Van Dyke Jr. on May 18, 2018, in a sealed indictment. It was unsealed May 23 in the Circuit Court for Charles County.

Van Dyke, an instrumental music teacher at North Point High School, was charged with six counts of sex abuse of a minor, one count of second-degree assault and two counts of sexual offense fourth degree. The indictment alleges he had inappropriate contact with students from 2010 to 2017.

An incident reported in 2017 launched the Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigation where it gathered additional allegations of unwanted and inappropriate touching by Van Dyke. CCPS immediately removed Mr. Van Dyke from his teaching duties on Nov. 15, 2017, and directed that he have no contact with students. CCPS has cooperated fully with the sheriff’s office and Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office throughout the investigation. A Sept. 24, 2018, trial has been set.

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As a parent or staff member, you may have questions regarding how you can support your children and students. Children may have questions that are difficult for you to answer. The information and resources below can assist you in talking about this recent event.


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Any one sign does not mean a child was sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you should begin asking questions and consider seeking help. We encourage parents to talk with your children about the investigation, and if they report anything inappropriate whatsoever, call 1-800-225-5324. Parents can also call Child Protective Services at 301-392-6731 or call 911 to report possible child abuse.

All Charles County public schools have staff available during the school day to assist with questions or concerns parents may have regarding their child. This includes school counselors, school psychologists, pupil personnel workers and school administrators. Over the summer, concerned parents can contact the Department of Student Services at 301-934-7326.

Charles County Child Advocacy Center provides free therapy for victims of sexual abuse during and post-investigation through a federal Victims of Crime Act grant.  Please call 301-609-9887 and ask for Sara Ortiz, Victim Services Coordinator to make an appointment

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Mental Health/ Counseling Resources


Charles County Department of Health
4545 Crain Hwy, White Plains, MD 20695
301-609-6900
www.charlescountyhealth.org/health-services/mental-health

Center for Children
6100 Radio Station Rd, La Plata, MD 20646
301-392-6400
center-for-children.org

Tri-County Youth Services
Bureau 75 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602
301-645-1837
www.tcysb.org

National Child Abuse Hotline
24 hours a day, seven days a week
1-800-4-A-CHILD

Charles County Department of Social Services
200 Kent Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
301-392-6400
www.charlescountydss.com