Teacher cleared in fondling case is sent to Hammond High School

Today, he will start staff development job

January 22, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A longtime Howard County science teacher who was acquitted of charges that he fondled one of his teen-age students will be placed at Hammond High School today, school system attorney Mark Blom said.

Glenelg High School science teacher David Stevens was acquitted in September of misdemeanor and felony charges that he inappropriately grabbed and fondled a 14-year-old freshman girl in 1998.

After the trial, the school system conducted a three-month investigation, Blom said. Officials recently decided to reinstate Stevens, who had been assigned a nonclassroom job during the review.

Stevens will be placed in a staff development-teacher mentoring position, Blom said.

"The problem is there was no real [classroom teacher] vacancy anywhere," Blom said.

He added that Stevens might be back teaching science next school year.

Stevens has taught science in Howard County schools for 25 years.

He taught at Howard High School until 1982, when he moved to Glenelg High.

Based on recommendations from fellow science teachers, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce named him Educator of the Year in 1995.

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