Athletic director accused of sexual abuse Alleged victim is 15-year-old girl

April 15, 1996|By Elaine Tassy and Kris Antonelli | Elaine Tassy and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

The athletic director of Baltimore County's Carver Center for the Arts and Technology was arrested Friday and accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the high school in Towson.

Stuart Price Tarleton, 36, who has taught physical education since the school opened in fall 1993, was charged with custodial child abuse and a fourth-degree sex offense, authorities said.

He surrendered to detectives at Towson Precinct after learning of the charges, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said. After a hearing Friday, Mr. Tarleton was released on his own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing May 8 in District Court.

Reached at Mr. Tarleton's home in the 2400 block of Lewis Lane in Finksburg, his mother said, "I'm sorry, but he has no comment to make."

Mr. Tarleton's lawyer, David F. Mister, said his client "denies the charges vehemently. Obviously, it's very upsetting for him and his family."

A school system spokesman said Mr. Tarleton has been reassigned temporarily to a nonteaching position.

"We had removed him from the classroom several weeks ago, when the allegations came to the attention of the superintendent," said system spokesman Donald I. Mohler, adding that Mr. Tarleton was "placed in an office position where he won't have contact with children pending the outcome of the charges against him."

In a statement of charges filed in Towson District Court, Detective Daniel Miller wrote that the alleged abuse occurred between Dec. 1 and March 1.

According to the statement, the girl told of being given a watch and compact disc on her birthday in December and, during subsequent rides in a truck, being touched on the legs and hair.

On Feb. 26, the statement said, the student went to Mr. Tarleton's office to call her father and was "grabbed," "French-kissed" and sexually touched.

The girl told her parents, who reported the matter to school officials, the detective said.

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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