Coach to go before board on Thursday Lentz accused of harassment

September 05, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

Northeast High School's baseball coach, protesting his transfer to a desk job following allegations of sexual harassment, will have to present his arguments to the Anne Arundel County school board rather than a hearing examiner, as he requested.

However, the hearing will be postponed by two days to give Harry Lentz and his lawyer time to prepare their arguments. The hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. at the school system's central offices on Riva Road in Annapolis.

H. Richard Duden III, Mr. Lentz's lawyer, also said he had received a letter from Thomas Twombly, the school board president, agreeing to a request not to participate in the hearing.

Mr. Duden had questioned Mr. Twombly's comments to two local newspapers in which he said that Mr. Lentz's transfer, and a 30-day suspension, were unrelated.

Acting Superintendent Carol S. Parham suspended Mr. Lentz, a social studies teacher at Northeast for 28 years, and ordered him transferred, following an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed a female teacher, Marlene Ramey, at the school about five years ago.

Another social studies teacher at the school, Roger Stitt, was accused of sexually harassing the same woman. Mr. Stitt, who was the school's athletic director, also received a transfer, but was not suspended. He, too, has filed an appeal.

The allegations against the two men followed a state probe into how the county school system handled the case of Ronald Walter Price, a former Northeast social studies teacher charged this spring with three counts of child sex abuse involving one current and two former students at the school.

State investigators said a former Northeast teacher told them she felt she had been sexually harassed in the late 1980s by Mr. Price's colleagues in an effort to prevent her from telling what

she knew of Mr. Price's activities.

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