Anne Arundel coach charged with sexual abuse of girl, 16 Northeast teacher released on bail

April 09, 1993|By Richard Irwin and Peter Hermann | Richard Irwin and Peter Hermann,Staff Writers

The coach of the girls varsity softball team at Anne Arundel County's Northeast High School was arrested yesterday and charged with sexually abusing a female student, county police said.

Ronald Walter Price, 49, of the 200 block of W. Edgevale Drive in Brooklyn Park, who teaches social studies at the Pasadena school and has been a county teacher for about 25 years, was charged with a fourth-degree sex offense, child abuse and

performing unnatural or perverted sex acts.

He was held initially at the Northern District police station, then taken in shackles before District Court Commissioner Janice E. Barnett in Glen Burnie about 1:45 a.m. today.

Mr. Price calmly answered her questions for 30 minutes, saying he understood his rights and had a lawyer, although the lawyer was not present.

Commissioner Barnett set bail of $5,000.

Mr. Price posted it and was released.

Charging documents say Mr. Price started a relationship in October 1991 with a 14-year-old Northeast High student, now 16.

The relationship continued until last month, when the girl -- for an unspecified reason -- decided to end it.

Officer Jeff Kelly, a police spokesman, said the girl complained to police Wednesday that she had been sexually involved with and sexually abused by Mr. Price for the past 18 months.

"I understand the student had had enough of the situation and decided to end it by complaining to the police," said Officer Kelly. "It was a fast-acting type of case and the police moved on it immediately."

Mr. Price was arrested at his home at 7 o'clock last night without incident, police said.

Police charging documents say the sex acts occurred numerous times during the 18 months at the school.

Sex acts occurred both during and after school, the papers say.

Police said Mr. Price also was a drama coach for the school in the 1100 block of Duvall Highway.

Police did not describe how the two first came to know each other.No further details were available.

Police said the investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

Top police and school system officials, including Superintendent Berry Carter, could not immediately be reached for comment on the case.

Roger Stitt, the school's athletic director, declined to comment.

Police said child abuse, a felony, carries a 15-year prison term.

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