Grand jury indicts a female teacher in sex abuse case

June 08, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

The county grand jury indicted yesterday Laurie Susanne Cook, the 33-year-old science teacher at Northeast High School charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old student at the school. She is the second teacher at the school facing such charges.

Ms. Cook, 33, of the 700 block of Charing Cross Road, Catonsville, was indicted on charges of sexual child abuse, fourth-degree sex offense and unnatural and perverted sex practices.

She was arrested May 15 and held a news conference May 18 to deny any wrongdoing, but she never denied touching the youth. She remains free on $10,000 bond.

State's attorney Frank R. Weathersbee declined yesterday to discuss details of the case, other than to say that the incidents involved a 14-year-old ninth-grader and that they occurred on and off school grounds between Sept. 1, 1991, and Feb. 28, 1992.

Charging documents said the youth alleged Ms. Cook allowed him to touch her sexually on at least 10 occasions and that the incidents occurred in a room behind her classroom.

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