St. Timothy's suspect held on $500,000 bail

March 13, 1991|By Deborah I. Greene | Deborah I. Greene,Baltimore County of The Sun

A 28-year-old groundskeeper charged in the slaying of a female guard at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson has a history of violent sexual abuse of his wife and daughter that led to the recent breakup of his marriage, according to court records.

A police report filed in Baltimore County District Court also says traces of blood found on work boots belonging to Harvey Allen Teets Jr. of Manchester matched the blood of Kimberly R. Kenna, whose bludgeoned body was found in a pond on the school grounds Feb. 23.

A Maryland State Police forensic chemist matched a rare characteristic in Miss Kenna's blood with the blood spots on the boots of the groundskeeper, the police report said.

Yesterday, a District Court judge ordered Mr. Teets -- who has been charged with first-degree murder -- held at the county jail in Towson in lieu of $500,000 after reviewing the evidence as well as allegations about past sexual violence on the part of the groundskeeper.

On Jan. 29, Mr. Teets' wife of two years, Connie H. Mitchell-Teets, obtained a court order in Pennsylvania to keep him away, alleging that her estranged husband was sexually abusive and had repeatedly molested her 13-year-old daughter, the records said.

Mrs. Teets told Baltimore County police investigators that her husband had "demanded" sex daily from her and that whenever she refused, he would force her by slapping, choking or beating her, the records said.

She also said that her husband had repeatedly fondled her daughter's breasts and that on one occasion he opened the shower door while the girl was bathing and stared at her, the records said.

The report did not indicate when Mr. Teets left the home he shared with his wife and her daughter to live with his parents in Carroll County.

Court records also showed that Mr. Teets has convictions for grand theft, larceny and breaking and entering.

Officials at St. Timothy's said Mr. Teets joined the school maintenance crew in July and also worked part time as a dishwasher there. Sometimes he remained on the school grounds after hours and slept in his car, school security officials told police.

Mr. Teets told investigators that he left the school about 8:30 p.m. the night of the murder and that he and a co-worker drank beer at a bar and smoked cocaine until 11:30 p.m. However, the co-worker said he left Mr. Teets at the bar about 10:30 p.m., according to the court records.

Mr. Teets said he later went to another bar, drank beer until 1:30 a.m., then drove to his parents' home where he slept in his car parked in their driveway until 7 a.m.

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