Fairfax Principal Yusef Azimi Charged with Failing to Report Criminal Behavior of Teacher Matthew Snell
– Fairfax Police report that as a result of an investigation involving former teacher Matthew Snell, Detectives confirmed that complaints of suspected child abuse were reported to Thoreau Middle School Principal, Yusef Azimi in Oct. 2019.
However, the complaints were not subsequently reported to CPS or the police, as required by law. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Azimi, 41, of McLean, with failure to report suspected child abuse. Azimi turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where the warrant was served. He was processed and released with a $3,000 unsecured bond.
This arrest is the culmination of an exhaustive investigation into Snell which lasted nearly 12 months, included approximately 30 interviews and 24 search warrants. If you suspect a child may be a victim of abuse you are asked to call our Major Crimes Bureau detectives at 703-246-7800, option 4. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411.
Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.
Fairfax County Child Protective services can also be contacted at Fairfax County Child Protective Services (CPS) Hotline 703-324-7400, TTY 711.
DIRTBAG ROUNDUP: Fairfax Teacher Matthew Snell Charged with Sleeping with Student Nabbed in Texas While Fleeing The Country
MCLEAN, VA. – Matthew Snell, 31, of Clinton, Maryland, was arrested Oct. 11, 2019, in El Paso, Texas after he attempted to leave the country. Snell, a Thoreau Middle School teacher, faces charges of carnal knowledge of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship.
Matthew Snell: Learning Disabilities Teacher, MS/HS
Fairfax Police say that on Oct. 10, 2019, parents found inappropriate text messages from the teacher to a teen and self-reported to the school.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau Child Abuse Squad acted swiftly to corroborate the information.
Police say that Snell became aware of the ongoing investigation and left town as fast as he could as arrest warrants were authorized and obtained.
Through coordination with other law enforcement partners, he was tracked to the El Paso International Airport where he was safely taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service. Snell will be extradited to Fairfax County to face charges.
Fairfax Police noted their thanks to the Vienna Police Department, United States Marshals Service, the National Targeting Center, Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection for their assistance in investigating and apprehending this individual.
Victim specialists from the Fairfax Police Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.
Detectives are seeking anyone who has information or may have had inappropriate contact with Snell to call the Major Crimes Bureau detectives at 703-246-7800. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.