Northeast High coach to return to classroom charges dropped Accuser refuses to testify at hearing

September 11, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

Harry Lentz will be back in his social studies classroom at Northeast High School on Monday, acting Anne Arundel County School Superintendent Carol S. Parham announced yesterday.

The 49-year-old baseball coach, whose team was ranked No. 1 in the nation last year, had been accused of sexually harassing another teacher at the school in two incidents in 1988.

Administrative charges were dropped abruptly Thursday night when his accuser refused to testify at a hearing appealing Mr. Lentz's 30-day suspension and transfer to a desk job at school system headquarters in Annapolis.

"We're not to happy about the way things have been handled, but we think the acting superintendent's decision showed wisdom and courage," said H. Richard Duden III, an Annapolis lawyer representing Mr. Lentz. "I think she just inherited the case, but the proof is in the pudding as to how accurate the allegations against Mr. Lentz were."

Marlene Ramey, who taught at Northeast in the late 1980s, said she had been sexually harassed by Mr. Lentz and Roger Stitt, another social studies teacher at Northeast High and the school's athletic director. The allegations were made to investigators looking into the school system's handling of the case of Ronald Walter Price, convicted Wednesday of sexually abusing three female students.

Mr. Stitt, who also was transferred to a desk job at the school system's central offices, has maintained his innocence. No hearing date on his appeal has been set.

Mrs. Ramey had no comment on why she chose not to testify.

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