Carter seeks outside probe of sex charges COUNTYWIDE

June 11, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

County school Superintendent C. Berry Carter II is prepared to have an outside investigator sort through circumstances surrounding former Northeast High social studies teacher Ronald Walter Price, who has admitted having sex with up to seven students during his 25 years at the Pasadena school.

Nancy Jane Adams, a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, said Mr. Carter will ask the board Wednesday night to request that an investigator be appointed by state school Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick.

Ms. Adams would not comment on the specifics or the scope of the investigation.

Mr. Price was charged this spring with three counts of child abuse and perverted sex practices. He has admitted -- but denied criminal responsibility for -- having sex with students during his tenure and is on home detention awaiting trial.

His lawyers have charged repeatedly that school officials knew Mr. Price was having sex with students but did nothing.

County police have said they investigated the social studies teacher in 1989 after a complaint was filed but dropped the case when the alleged victim refused to come forward.

School board attorney P. Tyson Bennett said Wednesday that school officials had a list in 1989 of 10 young women rumored to have been involved with Mr. Price.

Old Mill High School Principal Mary Gable, an assistant at Northeast at the time, said through Mr. Bennett that she turned the list over to the Police Department.

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