Judge denies access to ex-Northeast student's files

November 23, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A judge yesterday denied the lawyer for a Northeast High School teacher charged with child abuse access to any of the alleged victim's school records or records compiled by the Department of Social Services.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner denied the attorney for Charles Allen Yocum access to the records in a brief meeting in the judge's chambers that included attorneys for the defense and prosecution.

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris said the judge found there was nothing relevant in the records.

But Judge Lerner deferred ruling on a motion to dismiss the charges filed by Mr. Yocum's attorney, Terrence M. Nolan.

Mr. Yocum, 30, of the 1400 block of Cox Landing Court in Glen Burnie is one of three Northeast High School teachers charged with sexual child abuse since last spring.

Ronald Walter Price, the first of those teachers, admitted his crimes on nationally televised talk shows. He was convicted by a jury and sentenced last month by Judge Lerner to 26 years in prison.

Mr. Yocum is charged with sexual child abuse, perverted practices and battery.

According to court records, the charges stem from sex acts he allegedly performed at various locations on school grounds during the 1988-'89 school year.

The student, 16 at the time, is now 21 and lives out of state.

The trial is set for Feb. 7.

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