Carver Center music teacher is charged with child abuse

May 11, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A teacher at Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson was charged yesterday with child abuse after police said he had sex with a 17-year-old girl who was baby-sitting for him.

Douglas Brandt Byerly of the 1200 block of Overbrook Road in Towson was placed on administrative leave with pay by the school system, said Baltimore County schools spokesman Charles Herndon.

According to court documents, Byerly, who is 36 and teaches music at the school, asked a Carver student to baby-sit for him at his home early in March. The girl, whose identity has not been released because of her age and the nature of the allegations, agreed to care for Byerly's 8-month-old baby.

The girl told police, according to court documents, that she and Byerly had sex in his bedroom.

The girl did not report the alleged incident immediately to authorities, said Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey. She did, however, tell several of her friends. They told a guidance counselor who repeated the story to social service workers, triggering an investigation.

Because the girl was a student of his, Byerly was charged with abuse of a child under 18 in his care, Toohey said. Byerly, whose tenure with the school system could not be learned yesterday, was released yesterday on a $7,500 personal pledge by a District Court officer, according to court documents.

Pub Date: 5/11/99

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