Silver Spring Middle School Teacher Charged in Bizarre Attacks on Coworkers

The teacher was charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of false imprisonment.

Walter Stafon Bowman, 37, of Indian Head, MD, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of false imprisonment, police reported. Courtesy of Montgomery County Police Department.
Walter Stafon Bowman, 37, of Indian Head, MD, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of false imprisonment, police reported. Courtesy of Montgomery County Police Department.

A science teacher at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring has been charged with assault against three female coworkers, county police reported.

Walter Stafon Bowman, 37, of Indian Head, MD, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of false imprisonment, police reported.

Police learned of the incidents on Jan. 6. One victim reported being assaulted twice by Bowman between Aug. 26 and 29 of 2013. During the first incident, the victim was seated in an office with her back to the door and Bowman entered the office unannounced and put his hands on her shoulders, police reported.

During the second incident, the woman was sitting in an office when she turned around and saw Bowman, who "put the victim in a 'bear hug' and began to laugh," police reported. When she broke free from Bowman's bear hug, she began screaming, police added.

The second victim said she was assaulted in her classroom last September. She had her back to her door when Bowman entered her classroom, police said. When she felt something touch her ankle, she looked down and saw Bowman, who was crouched on the floor, laughing, according to police.

The third victim said Bowman approached her from behind and grabbed her around the waist last September. Startled, she turned around and saw Bowman laughing, police said.

Detectives ask anyone else who might have been victimized to call 4th District investigators at 240-773-5530. 

At this time, investigators say they have have no knowledge or evidence of inappropriate or unwanted contact between Bowman and students.

Diana January 13, 2014 at 06:16 AM
Seriously?? Assault and unlawful imprisiomment ? How about inappropriate conduct or sexual harassment but assult? It took a lot to get thru reading this article without laughing.
Mary Ann Herb-vanmeter January 13, 2014 at 08:36 AM
I do agree with Diana, If these are in fact his only crimes I really don't think he should have his entire life destroyed. I mean come on, these crimes do not seems like they should be on the same level with murders and punished like he a criminal monster. I'm sure the victims are going through a very tuff time but If I were one of those ?victims I would not be able to sleep at night knowing I was a part of destroying a mans and his family life for touching my ankle. I'm not trying to make light of any kind of assault, it's just in this case you must ask, does the punishment fit the crime?
Shanna January 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM
he was just charged with these crimes. the state's attorneys office will review the charges and either give him a lesser charge or drop the case all together. that's they way it usually works anyways. trust me, they don't want to look like fools in front of a judge by charging someone and having no real proof in their case.
jag January 14, 2014 at 01:06 AM
I agree that these hardly sound like felony offenses. Unwanted physical contact is never okay and I think he should be terminated, but putting a guy in jail and forever branding him "felon" over this does not seem reasonable at all. It'll be interesting to see what ends up happening.
Laura Roskelly January 14, 2014 at 07:12 AM
What the heck? Assault? What have we come to when this constitutes assault?
Shanna January 14, 2014 at 09:08 AM
jag, second degree assault is not a felony. He would hardly be put in jail for the rest of his life. He would be lucky to even get the threat of jail because cases like these usually end up on a stet docket or being found guilty they may have to pay a fine and/or be placed on, usually unsupervised probation. I looked Mr. Bowman up on Maryland Case Search and I see where he was charged with another second degree assault in 2010 where he violated a peace order 6 times. this whole case was put on a stet docket. With that said, he may get the unsupervised probation and my lose his job as a teacher because the school may not feel comfortable allowing him to stay if he is touching people. Also here is a good page that tells you exactly what second degree assault is and the difference between first degree assault, which is a felony, and second degree assault. what we as people think an assault is, is not the same as how the law views it. Assault in Maryland is defined as the offensive touching or attempted touching of another person without consent, or placing that person in immediate fear of an intentional touching against their consent. Here is the link to that website. http://www.perettillc.com/2011/08/whats-the-difference-between-first-degree-assault-and-second-degree-assault-in-maryland/
Justin case January 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Shanna, 2nd degree assault is a felony punishable by law up to 10 years in prison. I should know, I've been falsely accused several times by a bipolar exwife who loves putting charges on her man so she can always use it to her advantage when she wanted to. It usually ends with probation which she would then hold above your head and threaten to call your P.O. and have you violated if you stood in her way for anything. Anytime a women files any charges its going to be a felony at the least. Look out men.
Shanna January 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Justin Case.....hahahaha.....it is NOT a felony. SMH....look it up anywhere and you will see that. I too have been charged with 2nd degree assault from when my daughter was drunk and she started a fight with me and the police arrested both of us. I was charged with 2nd degree assault (misdemeanor) and she was charged with 1st (felony) and 2nd degree (misdemeanor) assault. Her first degree assault was a FELONY and in the next couple of days the state attorney's office had court with her to see if there was enough evidence to charge her with it. There was not enough so the FELONY charge was dropped leaving only the MISDEMEANOR charge of 2nd degree assault. And mine was only a MISDEMEANOR 2nd degree assault. And just to make sure I asked my brother who is a baltimore city police officer and I have included a link to MARYLAND's law and it states......"In Maryland, first degree assault is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of up to 25 years." That is the felony charge....1st degree, not 2nd degree....sheesh. and here is a new link http://www.ricelawmd.com/criminal-defense/assault.php read it this time then put your foot in your mouth.
Shanna January 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Second Degree Assault is classified as a misdemeanor in Maryland.


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