Accused teacher given permission for HIV test

May 21, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

A Northeast High School teacher accused of sexually abusing students has been granted a court order to leave home detention long enough to obtain an a human immunodeficiency virus blood test and examination.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. signed an order May 13 allowing Ronald Walter Price to have the tests he requested, but the order was not made public until this week.

Mr. Price's lawyers filed a motion in District Court to allow their client to take the test hours after he appeared on "Geraldo!" in late April. Jonathan Resnick, one of the lawyers, said Mr. Price wanted to clear up confusion over his answer to a question from the audience of whether he practiced safe sex.

Under Judge Thieme's order, Mr. Price must make arrangements with the Pretrial Release Services "to ensure the defendant's appearance at scheduled appointments."

Mr. Resnick said last night that Mr. Price would try to get an appointment next week to have the test for HIV, which causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Meanwhile, Nancy S. Grasmick, state school superintendent, agreed yesterday to look into several issues raised by the president of the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs. Her promise came in the wake of the arrest of a second teacher at the Pasadena school on a child sexual abuse charge.

A spokeswoman for Dr. Grasmick said she promised to review the policy on reporting suspected child abuse to investigating agencies and to ask why Northeast Principal Joseph Carducci has not met with parents as a group to calm them.

"I feel like things are going to happen," said Carolyn Roeding, president of the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs, after her meeting with Dr. Grasmick. "She listened to our concerns. I was very impressed."

Mr. Price, suspended with pay from his job as a Social Studies teacher, was charged with three counts of sexual child abuse. He has admitted on national and local television that he had sex with a current student and several former students. His current wife is a former student, as was one of his two previous wives.

The second Northeast teacher, Laurie Susanne Cook, 33, was arrested Saturday and charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy at the school by allowing him to touch her and kiss her. She is charged with child abuse, a fourth-degree sex offense, which involves touching, and battery.

Ms. Cook has denied touching the youth, and she and her family blamed hysteria created by the Price case for her arrest.

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