Female teacher indicted in sex abuse

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 her own 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 different occasions and that the incidents occurred in a room behind her classroom.

Another teacher at the school, Ronald Walter Price, 49, of Brooklyn Park, faces child sexual abuse charges for incidents involving three students.

Mr. Price, who remains under house arrest, attracted national attention by appearing on "Geraldo!" and "A Current Affair" and admitting he had relationships with up to seven students, usually on school property. He blamed it on "an illness."

The grand jury also indicted two men on first-degree murder charges yesterday in shootings in Glen Burnie and Annapolis.

Greg E. Byrd, 29, of the 1700 block of Wilson Ave., Baltimore, was indicted in the May 17 killing of his former fiancee, Loretta Lynn Shifflett, 23, of Glen Burnie.

Dimitri Troy Weston, 25, of the 400 block of Oaklawn Drive, Annapolis, was indicted in the slaying of Vincent R. Jones, 20.

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