Accused coach to leave Md. to do 'Geraldo!' ANNE ARUNDEL

April 22, 1993|By Kris Antonelli and Peter Hermann | Kris Antonelli and Peter Hermann,Staff Writers

The Northeast High School teacher accused of having sex with three of his students was ordered held on home detention yesterday but will be allowed to leave the state for eight hours to tell his story on the "Geraldo!" show.

Judge Vincent A. Mulieri granted the odd request after a lengthy bail review hearing. He ordered Ronald Walter Price to post a $10,000 bond to ensure that he returns to Maryland.

The judge ordered Mr. Price to stay away from anyone under the age of 18 and said he must remain on home detention.

The 49-year-old teacher faces charges of child sexual abuse and performing perverted sex practices in connection with three girls since 1982. In one case, a 16-year-old girl told police she had a sexual relationship with Mr. Price for 18 months that began when she was 14. The other cases involved girls who were 16 at the time, but graduated several years ago.

During yesterday's hearing, Mr. Price's lawyers argued that their client was denied due process because a court commissioner improperly held him without bail on Tuesday.

That caused the 49-year-old teacher, who has refused to speak to reporters, to miss a taping of "Geraldo!" in New York yesterday afternoon and prompted his lawyers to accuse police with filing additional charges to gag Mr. Price.

Mr. Price, who also was the school's softball and drama coach, has admitted through his lawyers to "the factual basis of the criminal charges" in the case of the current student. But he denies criminal responsibility, claiming school officials knew he had a problem but ignored it.

On Tuesday, school Superintendent C. Berry Carter II suspended Mr. Price without pay and said he will recommend to the school board that he be fired.

Last night, Timothy Umbreit, one of Mr. Price's lawyers, said two other teachers had been having sex with students at Mr. Price's home and even had keys.

In a segment of the syndicated television show "A Current Affair," which aired on WBAL-TV last night, Mr. Price said he once stopped getting counseling because it conflicted with softball practice. He said his liaisons with students started with "a hug, an arm over a shoulder, come over here and give me a hug, a kiss on the forehead, a kiss on the cheek and then a real kiss."

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