Ex-judge draws 5-year prison term Child sex abuse conviction in Anne Arundel violated 1995 probation agreement

November 05, 1997|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A former state administrative law judge who was convicted in 1995 of sexually abusing two boys -- including his foster son -- was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for violating his probation.

Martin Lee Teal, 48, received five years of supervised probation and a 15-year suspended prison sentence for the assaults at his Ellicott City home as part of an April 1995 plea agreement with Howard County prosecutors.

A year later, he sexually abused another boy in Anne Arundel County and is serving 18 months for that offense.

Yesterday, Howard prosecutors asked a judge to send Teal to prison because he violated his probation when he was convicted in the Anne Arundel case.

Teal's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Robert Waldman, told Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. that his client needed help, not prison time.

Teal was abused as a child and feels remorse because he knows the effects the abuse has on others, Waldman said.

Teal "has suffered a great deal as a result of this," Waldman said. "He had worked very hard to prepare himself to undergo treatment."

Waldman said Teal's depression likely led him to molest the Anne Arundel County boy, who was 11 when Teal met him in the Annapolis area. Since his convictions, he has lost his friends, his house, his job and was earning minimum wage as an auctioneer.

"As his attorney, I fear for his health and safety inside the Division of Correction," Waldman said. "I think he might become a target for the violence which is rampant inside the prisons."

In Howard County, one of the two boys he molested was his foster son, who had been placed with Teal after his stepfather sexually abused him. Teal was the other boy's Big Brother in the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America Inc. program.

Teal has resigned from his job as a judge for the state Office of Administrative Hearings, a post he had held since 1990. The office holds hearings for appeals and complaints against 26 state agencies and renders advisory opinions.

Teal also lost his state real estate license because convicted felons are barred from being real estate agents.

Pub Date: 11/05/97

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