City teacher accused of abuse of former pupil 25 years ago

March 30, 2001|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore middle school teacher has been charged with child abuse in connection with an alleged sexual relationship he had with a former pupil in Montgomery County 25 years ago.

City school officials said yesterday that they are reviewing the case against Dagoberto Marin, an eighth-grade math teacher at Northeast Middle School. Marin, 58, of Frederick has been on sick leave for several weeks, said Vanessa Pyatt, a school spokeswoman. He could not be reached for comment.

"Standard procedure is to place that individual on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation," said Pyatt. "In cases like this ... it would be inappropriate for us to allow that individual to remain in a classroom environment until the whole issue is resolved."

Marin surrendered to Montgomery County police Wednesday. He was charged with one count of custodial child abuse and released on bond, police said. The charge against Marin stems from an alleged sexual relationship he had with an eighth-grader at Newport Junior High School in Kensington during the 1975-1976 school year. Police learned of the alleged abuse in January when the woman reported it to the county's Family Services Division.

The woman, who lives in Silver Spring, had been a student in Marin's Spanish class in the 1974-1975 school year, police said.

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