Janitor accused of having sex with girl Charge involves 15-year-old student at Meade Senior High

March 01, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Andrea F. Siegel contributed to this article.

A 36-year-old custodian at Meade Senior High School has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old student during school hours in the school auditorium, county police said yesterday.

Mortimir M. Peters of the 400 block of Starwood Drive in Glen Burnie was charged with a third-degree sex offense when he turned himself in to county police Wednesday. He was released ZTC on his own recognizance last night.

Mr. Peters has been suspended without pay since Monday and will remain on suspension "until this is resolved," Jane Doyle, a schools spokeswoman, said yesterday.

The alleged incident occurred in the school auditorium at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20. The girl told her mother, who called school officials the afternoon of Feb. 23 before dismissal, Principal George Kispert Jr. said.

Mr. Kispert said he talked to the girl, then called Child Protective Services. Police began investigating the incident Friday.

"We were certainly as shocked and as disappointed as everyone," Mr. Kispert said. "My hope is that the community will not be critical of the school and of the staff and of the students because of this. We work so hard to get a good reputation."

Mr. Kispert said he had never had a problem with Mr. Peters, who has been a full-time janitor at Meade since July 1982.

He described Mr. Peters -- whom staff members knew as Marty -- as hard-working and efficient.

"He moved all about the building, constantly taking care of his chores," Mr. Kispert said. "He was always a real responsible, loyal worker."

Mr. Kispert informed students yesterday during afternoon announcements that a member of the support staff had been accused of misconduct with a student but gave no details.

A letter sent to parents also did not specify what kind of misconduct had been alleged.

Students who knew him described the janitor as a jovial man who often joked with students.

"He was like a peer to most people," said Bruce Hunter, a senior. "They could be a freshman and he'd talk to them like a freshman. I just never suspected him of this."

Holly Kulhanek a 17-year-old junior, said, "I just don't believe this. Meade is the type of school where you hear of fights, but never this."

"It was a really big shock," said Faith Bohlin, 15.

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