Teacher is indicted in student sex abuse Alleged events occurred in 1970s

November 16, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

An Anne Arundel County grand jury yesterday indicted a county teacher charged with sexually abusing a student and also indicted three men for running an interstate pornography ring out of local motels.

The indictment says Thomas A. Newman, 44, of Glen Burnie, engaged in illegal sexual practices between 1976 and 1977 on the grounds of Glen Burnie High School, where he taught accounting at the time.

Mr. Newman befriended the girl when she was going through "a troubled time" in her life and was "vulnerable," according to charging documents.

Their conversations eventually became sexual in nature and led to one incident in a room on the third floor of the school's old main building during school, the documents said.

The allegations were first reported in June 1990, but resurfaced last summer when the alleged victim, now 33, read of the case against Ronald W. Price, the former Northeast High School teacher sentenced Thursday to 26 years in prison for having sex with students.

Mr. Newman was arrested Oct. 15 at his home in the 7900 block of Castle Hedge Drive. He was later released on his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner. He teaches at the Center for Applied Technology South.

Northeast teachers Laurie Cook and Charles Yocum also have been charged with child abuse.

Their trials are scheduled later this year.

The grand jury also indicted three men who were charged in September with operating a pornography ring in Silver Spring that solicited youngsters from the Baltimore area and filmed them in several motels in northern Anne Arundel County.

The men, indicted on charges of second-degree sex offense and child pornography, were identified as Richard Pepe, 47, of Elizabeth, N.J., who police said is a sixth-grade teacher; Eric Edward Nastelin, 32, of Bond Brook, N.J.; and John Glenford MacLeod, 62, of the 8100 block of Eastern Ave., Silver Spring.

Police said that Mr. Pepe and Mr. Nastelin traveled from New Jersey to Maryland to participate and assist in the production of the tapes. They would then return to New Jersey, where the tapes were copied and distributed, police said.

Authorities charged Mr. MacLeod with recruiting the youngsters at area skating rinks and other teen hangouts.

At least 15 boys between the ages of 11 and 15 were filmed or photographed, police said. They were paid $250 a day to be filmed while engaging in sex acts.

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