Abuse charges are not school's first

October 03, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

While accusations of sexually abusing a student against a retired McDonogh School dean shocked alumni parents and friends, Alvin J. Levy is not the first McDonogh employee accused of similar crimes.

In December 1985, Robert E. Creed, then 59, a McDonogh Spanish teacher, was charged with fondling and performing oral sex on a male student he was tutoring at his campus apartment.

The alleged abuse occurred between 1981 and 1983 -- during the same time Mr. Levy is accused of sexually abusing another male student, according to Baltimore County Circuit Court records.

Mr. Creed, who left Maryland in early 1986 to take a teaching job in Mississippi, later entered an "Alford" plea to two of the charges -- child abuse and fourth-degree sexual offense -- and was found guilty by Judge James S. Sfekas.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit that the specific acts he is accused of actually occurred, but admits the state has enough evidence to convict him.

According to charging documents on file in court, the male student charged that after a few sessions of Spanish lessons in Mr. Creed's apartment, the teacher began making sexual advances.

"These encounters continued during the freshman and sophomore years," the charging documents read, "with the defendant giving the victim high grades [in exchange] for the meetings."

In a statement to police, Mr. Creed denied the charges, saying it was the student who made a sexual advance upon him, which he said he rebuffed.

Mr. Creed was found guilty on April 28, 1986, and sentenced to five years in prison, but Judge Sfekas suspended the sentence, put Mr. Creed on five years' probation and ordered psychiatric counseling.

Sue A. Schenning, a deputy state's attorney for Baltimore County, said she was unfamiliar with the case, but that the outcome was "in line with what he would have gotten if we had gone to trial."

Mr. Creed's prosecution was not publicized at the time it happened.

Dr. W. Boulton Dixon, the current headmaster of McDonogh, was unavailable yesterday to comment on the earlier case.

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