Ex-teacher once accused in sex case plans to enter plea to alcohol charge

March 12, 2002|By Jennifer McMenamin | Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF

A former Carroll County student teacher accused last spring of having sex with two teen-age boys she met at Francis Scott Key High School will enter a plea Friday to one count of providing alcoholic beverages to the boys at a party, according to an agreement reached yesterday.

Tracie L. Mokry, 22, of Westminster was scheduled to go to trial yesterday on two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the condition of a child. She was accused of providing alcoholic drinks to the underage boys on two consecutive nights in April at a party at her mother's home.

After several informal discussions during the morning, prosecutor Natasha Byus and defense attorney Daniel L. Sussman asked the judge to postpone the case until Friday and schedule a plea hearing.

Mokry was arrested May 22 on the two misdemeanor charges and two felony counts of child sexual abuse. She was accused of kissing, fondling and having sex with two boys she met at Francis Scott Key, where she was a student art teacher in February and March of last year.

Prosecutors dropped the felony sexual abuse charges against Mokry in June, declining to explain why.

The maximum penalty for the misdemeanor charge to which Mokry will enter a plea is three years in prison and a $2,500 fine, but state sentencing guidelines call for probation.

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