Ex-janitor expected to get probation for sex offense Former school custodian admits act with student

November 15, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

A former Meade Senior High School custodian will likely be sentenced to probation next month after he pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel Circuit Court this week to having sex with a 15-year-old student in the school's auditorium.

Mortimer M. Peters, 37, of the 400 block of Starwood Drive in Glen Burnie admitted to Judge Eugene M. Lerner that he had sex with the girl Feb. 20.

The encounter was consensual, according to prosecutors, but is considered a third-degree sex offense because the girl was under age 16 and Peters was more than four years older than the girl.

The felony conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, but Assistant State's Attorney Nancy Harford said yesterday that under sentencing guidelines, he would be eligible for probation, and that is the sentence her office would recommend.

Prosecutors were ready to take the case to trial Tuesday, when Peters decided to plead guilty, said Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office.

Peters could not be reached for comment yesterday. His lawyer had no comment.

County police began investigating the incident Feb. 23. Peters, then 36, turned himself in to police Feb. 28.

Peters had worked as a full-time janitor at Meade since 1982. Principal George Kispert Jr. said then that Peters had been a "responsible, loyal worker."

The school system conducted an internal investigation and fired Peters Feb. 28, said David D. Lombardo, human resources director.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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