Student's aide faces gun charge

Firearm carried in Catonsville High was stolen by teen, Balto. Co. police say

December 03, 2005|By NICK SHIELDS

A personal assistant to a 17-year-old special-needs student from Catonsville High School has been charged with carrying a gun in the school, and the student was charged with burglary and illegal possession of a handgun, police said yesterday.

The student's grandfather reported a burglary at his Halethorpe home last month, telling police that $2,000, a pistol, a rifle, and his sport utility vehicle were missing. The grandson admitted to detectives to the burglary but said he took only one gun, which he said he gave to the personal assistant, police said.

The personal assistant told police he took a gun from the student Nov. 17 and carried it around the school that day before taking it to his home so that the student would not get in trouble, police said. The personal assistant told police he didn't tell anyone of the gun because of his felony criminal record, police said.

Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey said there was no evidence that anyone planned to use the gun against students.

The individual involved in the investigation was hired through a "contracted staffing company," a county schools spokesman said in a prepared statement. "Baltimore County public schools is currently examining its relationship with this firm." He would not confirm whether this action was due to the current investigation.

Steven Cearfoss, 17, of Catonsville was charged as an adult with first-degree burglary, handgun possession, theft and unauthorized use of his grandfather's vehicle, police said. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

Anthony Creek, 25, of Baltimore was charged with possession of a deadly weapon in a school, handgun possession and possession of a handgun after being convicted of a felony, police said. He was released after posting $5,000 bond, police said.

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