Superintendent defends handling of sex case

April 28, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

The superintendent of Anne Arundel schools yesterday defended the system's handling of the case of Ronald W. Price, a Northeast High teacher who has admitted on national TV having sex with students.

On the eve of the airing of a "Geraldo!" show featuring the teacher, superintendent C. Berry Carter II issued a carefully worded statement confirming that the system is cooperating with police. But he stopped short of denying Mr. Price's claims that the schools have long known of his actions.

"Engaging in sexual contact with a student is wrong. . . . No employee of this school system can seriously suggest that this kind of behavior has ever been acceptable."

Mr. Price, 48, of the 200 block of W. Edgevale Drive in Brooklyn Park, is charged with child sexual abuse for alleged involvement with three girls since 1982.

Mr. Carter said the state law allows the school board to fire an employee for "misconduct or immorality," he wrote. The "Geraldo!" show is scheduled to air today in Washington, Thursday in Baltimore on CBS stations.

Mr. Price, the softball and drama coach, was suspended from his $45,650 a year job. Because he has appealed, he is being paid.

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