Former teacher charged with sex offenses involving teen

Baltimore County man taught at Glenwood Middle

September 02, 1999|By Alice Lukens | Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF

A former Glenwood Middle School teacher accused of paying a 15-year-old boy to perform sex acts in March was indicted this week by a Baltimore County grand jury.

Klaude Krannebitter, 36, was charged Monday with a third-degree sex offense, a fourth-degree sex offense, perverted practice, child pornography, possession of child pornography and lewdness.

In another case involving the same boy, a Howard County grand jury indicted Krannebitter on May 6, charging him with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and engaging in an unnatural and perverted sex act.

Krannebitter, who lives in Baltimore County, had been a health education teacher at Glenwood for 12 years and coached baseball, varsity basketball and junior varsity basketball at Glenelg High School until spring 1996. He resigned as a teacher March 24.

A Howard County officer stopped Krannebitter for a traffic violation March 21, police said, and subsequently charged him with driving under the influence. Krannebitter had the boy -- who is from Baltimore and not a Glenwood student -- in the car, police said.

During an interview, police said, the boy told investigators that he had known Krannebitter for about six months and that Krannebitter gave him money for sex acts.

Krannebitter was released in March on $10,000 bond.

His lawyer, Walter Balint, said Krannebitter has a landscaping business.

In Baltimore County, Krannebitter is charged with sexually assaulting the boy between November 1998 and March 1999, with causing the juvenile "to engage as a subject in a production of obscene matter" and with possessing a videotape of the boy being sexually abused.

Krannebitter is scheduled to go on trial in Howard County Circuit Court on Wednesday and in Baltimore County District Court on Sept. 15, his lawyer said.

Patti Caplan, public information officer for Howard schools, said yesterday that, to her knowledge, no Howard schoolchild has accused Krannebitter of committing a sex offense.

Bill Toohey, spokesman for Baltimore County police, said police have no evidence that Krannebitter sexually assaulted other children.

Sun staff writer Dail Willis contributed to this article.

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