Police investigate fired IND teacher accused of having sex with student, 15

March 16, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore police are investigating sexual misconduct allegations that led to the firing of a male teacher at the Institute of Notre Dame this week.

A spokesman for the city Police Department said detectives were interviewing school staff and students yesterday to determine whether any charges would be filed against the teacher, who was accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

Police said the former teacher, who was not identified, had not yet been questioned.

The school issued a brief statement yesterday saying: "An allegation of sexual misconduct has been made against one of IND's male teachers. The situation has been reported to the appropriate authorities. The teacher has been terminated."

The school said counseling is being made available to students.

Police said they were contacted Wednesday by a representative of Child Protective Services, who had been notified of the allegations by a staff member at the school.

Police said they questioned the student, who admitted having sex with the teacher several times at his house.

Once police finish their investigation, the city state's attorney's office will determine whether charges will be filed, because the student was youner than 18, the legal age for consent.

IND, established more than 150 years ago by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, is an all-girls Roman Catholic high school.

The school, with more than 400 students, is in the 900 block of Aisquith St.

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