ANNAPOLIS -- An Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury considering the fate of a Northeast High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a special education student could not reach a verdict yesterday after six hours of deliberation.
Judge Eugene M. Lerner sent the jurors home after they sent him a note saying they were not close to reaching a verdict.
Judge Lerner told the nine women and three men not to discuss the case with anyone. The jury is to continue its work today.
Charles Allen Yocum, a 30-year-old special education teacher at Northeast, could face 15 years in prison if convicted on charges of child abuse and unnatural and perverted sex practices.
The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred at the school in 1989. The former student claims that she performed a sex act on Mr. Yocum three times, twice in his classroom and once in a storage room, when she was a 16-year-old sophomore.
Mr. Yocum is among three Northeast High teachers accused last year of sexually abusing students.
The scandal attracted national attention after one teacher, Ronald Walter Price, admitted on national television to having sexual relationships with several of his students.
Price was convicted on three counts of child abuse and is serving a 21-year sentence.