Camp counselor arrested for sexually abusing 11-year-old girl

A camp counselor has been arrested for inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl at a summer camp.

Montgomery County police have charged 43-year-old Jose Luis Casumbal Valenzuela with sex abuse of a minor and third-degree sex offense.

Police say the victim attended the Holton-Arms Creative Summer camp on River Road in Bethesda between June 30 and July 3.

She told detectives that Valenzuela touched her while he was teaching magic classes at the camp.

Valenzuela has been an employee at the camp since the summer of 2012.

Anyone who believes they were also a victim of Valenzuela are being asked to call Montgomery County police’s Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5460.

Statement from Susanna Jones, head of the Holton-Arms School:

"On Thursday, July 9, we were made aware of an allegation of improper touching of a summer camper by a camp counselor. It is our understanding that an arrest has been made. We are cooperating fully with the authorities and cannot share any further information.

"Holton-Arms puts the highest priority on the emotional well-being and safety of our students. We are and always have been committed to providing a secure environment for our children to learn and play. The School conducts comprehensive background checks of our summer counselors annually. We take these types of allegations very seriously."

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