A high school track coach from a suburb of Washington, D.C., was arrested on charges of having “sexual contact with at least one student,” authorities said Thursday.
The man, Giovanni Di Angelo Reumante, 31, of Takoma Park, Maryland, was taken into custody Tuesday shortly after he arrived from the Dominican Republic at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, police in Montgomery County, Maryland, said.
Reumante was still in custody Thursday in Loudoun County, Virginia, awaiting possible extradition to Montgomery County. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had hired or been assigned a defense attorney yet.
The Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Victims Division had been investigating Reumante since Oct. 27, when a “now adult victim” stepped forward to say a “former track coach and school security assistant” sexually assaulted her when she was a student at Northwood High School, police said in a statement.
“The investigation revealed that Reumante allegedly engaged in sexual contact with at least one student during and after school hours,” said police, who got an arrest warrant for Reumante on Dec. 23.
Principal Johnathan Garrick confirmed that the woman is a Northwood High School alumna.
Reumante has been placed on administrative leave and “is not allowed in our school or on our grounds,” which are about 10 miles north of downtown Washington, Garrick wrote in an open letter to the campus community Thursday.
Both the school and law enforcement officials, citing the suspect’s connections to local track and field programs, asked any potential other victims to call Montgomery County police detectives.
“The allegations against Mr. Reumante are troubling, reprehensible and are contrary to the principles and values” of Montgomery County Public Schools, Garrick wrote.
CORRECTION (Dec. 30, 2021, 8:30 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misspelled the name of a county in Virginia. It is Loudoun County, not Loudon.