Dundalk teacher charged with sex abuse of pupil

April 27, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An art teacher at a Dundalk school has been charged with sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl who is a pupil in one of his classes, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Edward Alphonse Chabot, 34, of the 600 block of Potomac St. in Baltimore has been placed on paid administrative leave from his job at Sandy Plains Elementary School, said school system spokesman Charles A. Herndon.

According to police, Chabot was charged with one count of child abuse, a third-degree sex offense and a fourth-degree sex offense.

The girl told police that on March 19, Chabot asked her to stay after class and help him with some paperwork, and then told her to sit in front of him in the same chair he was in, police said.

The child said that though the teacher's pants stayed on, she felt the man's genitals touch her back, police said.

Police said the girl became uncomfortable and ran from the classroom, and that a witness said that the girl was crying.

Police said Chabot's version of events was inconsistent during interviews. He was arrested and charged Saturday and released on $25,000 bail, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information to call the Baltimore County Police Family Crimes Unit at 410-853-3650.

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