Aberdeen Middle teacher indicted on abuse charges

June 04, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A Harford grand jury has indicted a 50-year-old Aberdeen Middle School teacher on sexual child abuse charges, authorities said yesterday.

Edward Graham Thomson of Churchville was arrested Wednesday and released on his own recognizance.

Donald R. Morrison, spokesman for the schools, said yesterday that Mr. Thomson, a technology teacher for 27 years in the county, has been on administrative leave with pay since March 16.

Mr. Morrison said privacy laws restrict him from providing other information about the teacher.

The charges in the four-count indictment filed May 18 at the Circuit Court in Bel Air against Mr. Thomson are child abuse, third-degree sexual offense, battery and assault and involved one minor girl.

The Sun does not name minors in criminal cases and does not name victims of alleged sexual abuse.

The alleged offenses occurred between September 1990 and June 1991, according to a statement released yesterday by Joseph I. Cassilly, state's attorney for Harford County.

The statement said all charges were placed after Detective Ken Cox of the Aberdeen Police Department and Trooper 1st Class Art Schroeder of the county's Child Advocacy Center investigated allegations of inappropriate touching by Mr. Thomson that were made by current and former Aberdeen Middle School students.

District Court records indicate that Mr. Thomson is awaiting trial in August on battery charges made in March involving three girls.

The court records show Mr. Thomson is to have no contact with the three girls or their families.

The ages of the three girls are not listed, and Mr. Morrison said that privacy laws prevent him from confirming whether they are enrolled at Aberdeen Middle School.

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