Old Mill Coach Suspended After Sex Allegations

Science Teacher Charged With Assaulting Student

January 10, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

Due to a reporting error, a story in Friday's Anne Arundel County Sun about the arrest and suspension of Old Mill High School tennis coach Randall Stevens incorrectly listed the charge against him. Stevens has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense.

The tennis coach at Old Mill Senior High has been suspended after county police charged him with sexually assaulting a male student last October, sourcesat the school said.

Randall Stevens, 41, who also teaches science at Old Mill Senior High, was charged Dec. 16 with a first-degree sex offense, county police Sgt. Robert Jaschik said.

The school sources said Stevens has been suspended from his duties at Old Mill. Stevens could not be reached for comment.

Jaschik said the charges stem from an Oct. 26 incident in Stevens' home in the 200 block of Rebecca Court in Millersville.

Police say a 19-year-old student told them he was alone in a room and watching television with Stevens during the late afternoon when Stevens approached him.

"Mr. Stevens came over and fondled himwhile he was sitting in the chair," Jaschik said. "He pushed him away and left."

The student did not report the incident to police until Dec. 3.

"He thought he could handle it," Jaschik said, but was doing poorly on his schoolwork and could not forget the incident.

Jaschik said the student told investigators that it was not unusual for Stevens' students to visit him at home after school hours.

"Butthis is the only incident we are investigating," Jaschik said. "And I don't anticipate any others to come from this."

For the last decade, Stevens has coached Old Mill's tennis team, a perennial county contender. He had a team that went unbeaten in 1986 at 13-0.

For several years, Stevens was vocal about the lack of tennis courts at OldMill. The school, despite having the county's highest enrollment, has only four courts.

Last Spring, Stevens' Patriots had to forfeit four matches because of a complicated seeding rule, but Stevens rebounded to coach Brent Layman and Phil White to an unbeaten, state championship season in doubles.

Layman and White were chosen as Co-Players of the Year by the Anne Arundel County Sun. Layman, an All-Countysoccer player and state champion wrestler, was later chosen the AnneArundel County Sun's Male Athlete of the Year.

Staff writers Pat O'Malley and Lem Satterfield contributed to this story.

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