Woodlawn High School teacher is charged in sex offense case

April 05, 2000|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A Woodlawn High School algebra teacher was charged yesterday with a number of sex offenses after female students complained he touched them inappropriately and made suggestive comments, county police said.

James Eure, 29, of the 3900 block of Ednor Road in Baltimore, surrendered to authorities at the Garrison precinct. Police said they issued an arrest warrant for him on March 31.

Eure was charged with seven counts each of fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and child abuse, police said. He was being held last night on a $350,000 bond at the Woodlawn Precinct.

Eure has been on administrative leave with pay since February, when the first complaint was made to school administrators, said Charles A. Herndon, spokesman for the county school system.

He will remain on leave until the case is resolved. If he is found innocent, Eure could be transferred to another school, Herndon said.

According to charging documents, the first student complained on Feb. 10. By the end of last month, seven students had contacted school administrators about Eure, police said.

The students alleged that Eure brushed up and rubbed against them, and that he made sexually suggestive remarks. Students said the incidents took place in school hallways and in his classroom, according to police.

Eure was hired to teach at Overlea High School in 1992 but left the Baltimore County school system in 1993 to teach in Baltimore City. Eure returned to Baltimore County last year when he was rehired to teach at Woodlawn, Herndon said.

Eure could not be reached to comment.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about the alleged incidents contact the Baltimore County police Family Crimes Unit at 410-853-3650.

Sun staff writer Lynn Anderson contributed to this article.

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