Elementary School Assistant from Centreville Arrested for Assaulting a Special Needs Student

Reston Police District – FCPD Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Abuse Squad have charged a 60-year-old instructional assistant for assaulting a juvenile student. The incident in question occurred on September 16, 2022, at Dogwood Elementary School in Reston, Virginia. Specifically, two teachers walked into their classroom and witnessed Mark MacDicken of Centreville VA, assaulting a special needs student. MacDicken has been employed at Dogwood Elementary School for approximately ten years. Yesterday, detectives charged MacDicken with assault and he was released on his signature (no mugshot available).

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 4. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web – Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App and follow the steps to “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers.” Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.