Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 09, 2006

Ex-teacher convicted of assaulting pupil

A former Harford County teacher and principal accused in 2003 of sexually abusing an 11-year-old pupil was convicted yesterday of second-degree assault, ending years of legal wrangling.

Daniel E. Harner, 65, who was a fourth-grade teacher at the private Harford Day School in Bel Air at the time of the incident, entered an Alford plea, in which he did not admit to the crime but acknowledged that prosecutors had sufficient evidence against him to obtain a conviction.

He received a one-year suspended sentence with conditions of probation that include no contact with the victim, that he not be employed as a teacher or have contact with anyone younger than age 16. Second-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Harner was acquitted in 2004 of a third-degree sex offense, at a trial in which more than 40 parents and fellow teachers testified on his behalf. Harner served nearly 40 years in the county school system, including stints as principal at two county elementary schools.

A new trial on the assault charge was to have begun tomorrow.

"It was at the point where the [victim] needed very much to put this behind them," said State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly.

Justin Fenton

Immigration-fraud sentence

A 73-year-old Bethesda attorney received a 1 1/2 -year prison sentence in federal court in Baltimore yesterday for obtaining green cards for his clients through false means.

Irwin Jay Fredman had pleaded guilty earlier to conspiring to commit immigration fraud in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia over a four-year period.

U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson ordered that Fredman and his law firm in Washington forfeit $200,000. Nickerson also ordered that the law firm be placed on probation for one year.

As part of his plea agreement, Fredman agreed to surrender his license to practice law.

Matthew Dolan

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