Aberdeen teacher quits job

March 12, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A teacher at Aberdeen Middle School has decided to quit his job after 27 years rather than stand trial on charges that he had improperly touched three of his female students, his lawyer said Thursday.

Edward Graham Thomson, 51, of Churchville agreed to sign a letter of resignation Monday, the same day prosecutors agreed to drop the charges, said Thomas Morrow, Mr. Thomson's Towson attorney.

Mr. Thomson did not return telephone calls.

He had been on administrative leave with pay since March 16, 1994, when charges involving three 11-year-old female students were made. He was to stand trial Monday in that case but chose to accept the plea agreement.

After allegations in that case became public, he was indicted by a Harford grand jury May 18 on sexual abuse charges involving a 12-year-old.

Mr. Morrow represented Mr. Thomson in December when a Harford County Circuit Court jury deliberated five minutes before returning a verdict of not guilty on child sexual abuse charges involving the 12-year-old girl, who was in one of his classes in the 1990-1991 school year.

"He just didn't want to put himself and his family through the strain again," said Mr. Morrow said. Instead, Mr. Thomson decided to retire, the lawyer said.

Prosecutor Teri Garland, an assistant state's attorney assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in Harford County, said last week's NTC plea arrangement was acceptable to the alleged victims because it got Mr. Thomson out of the county schools and resolved the case.

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