Teacher-sex inquiry looks beyond Northeast High Probers to talk with parents, teachers

November 07, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

Investigators examining how the Anne Arundel County school system responded to child-abuse complaints also want to know if inappropriate relationships between teachers and students have occurred at schools other than Northeast High School.

And they are asking parents, teachers and students to tell them about any such relationships.

Alan I. Baron and Eleanor M. Carey, special counsel to the county Board of Education, have set aside two days this month to meet with parents and students who want to talk to them individually or in groups.

"We will be available to speak with students, teachers and parents and any others who can give us greater insight into the nature and extent of this problem," Mr. Baron said. On Thursday, the lawyers will be available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Administration Building at Anne Arundel Community College. The investigators also have set aside Nov. 17, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., to meet with parents and students in the meeting room at the Riviera Beach Library on Duvall Highway.

Northeast High School was the site of a teacher-student sex scandal that attracted national attention this year when three teachers at the school were each charged with child sex abuse.

Ronald W. Price, the first teacher to be arrested, appeared on television shows and said that he and others had relationships with students. Price was sentenced last month to 26 years in prison after being convicted of three counts of child sex abuse.

Another Northeast teacher, Laurie S. Cook, who taught science, was charged in May with sexually abusing a male student.

Charles A. Yocum, arrested in August, became the third teacher at the Pasadena school to be charged with sexual abuse of a student. Mr. Yocum is accused of having engaged in sex acts with a student at locations on school grounds during the 1988-1989 school year.

In October, Thomas A. Newman, a teacher at the Center for Applied Technology South, was arrested on charges of sexually abusing one of his students 17 years ago when he was a teacher at Glen Burnie High School. The allegations were reported in June 1990, but prosecutors decided then they did not have enough evidence to pursue the case.

None of the last three cases has been tried.

The arrests and investigations have led to the resignation of Superintendent C. Berry Carter II.

The final report on the Baron-Carey investigation is due Nov. 30.

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