Price talks with authorities discussion kept secret

October 22, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

Ronald W. Price finally has talked. But what he said remains a secret.

The former Northeast High School teacher, sentenced this month to 26 years in prison for having sex with three students, has said since his arrest in April that he knew of other teachers involved with students, including two teachers who once had keys to his apartment.

"I met for three hours with Ron Price at the jail diagnostic center in Baltimore. He was very cooperative and provided very useful information, and I will turn over to the state's attorney the transcript of this interview," said Alan I. Baron, a Washington, D.C., lawyer hired to conduct an independent investigation of how the Anne Arundel County school system handled child abuse complaints.

Mr. Baron would not say what he and Mr. Price discussed, why Frank Weathersbee, the county state's attorney, would be interested in it, or whether possible arrests or indictments might follow.

Mr. Baron said he would turn the transcript over by early next week.

Jonathan Resnick, one of Price's lawyers, confirmed the meeting took place but would only say Price "is cooperating fully."

Price has not publicly revealed the names of the teachers who once had the keys to his apartment, but agreed to cooperate with authorities in an effort to secure an early release from prison.

Judge Eugene M. Lerner also ordered Price to cooperate with Mr. Baron, who has been investigating how county School Superintendent C. Berry Carter II handled child abuse cases brought to his attention. Mr. Carter was put on administrative leave July 31 after a state investigation showed he knew of allegations made against Price in 1989, but failed to act on them.

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