Ex-band director charged with child abuse

September 02, 2006|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,sun reporter

The former music teacher and band director at Glen Burnie High School has been charged with child abuse and perverted practice stemming from a two-year sexual relationship that Anne Arundel County police say he had with a female student at the school.

Jeffrey Stephen Thompson, 37, of Severn was released on bond after turning himself in Wednesday, police said.

He did not return calls yesterday. Reached by phone, his ex-wife declined comment. The couple have no children and divorced in July 2005, according to court papers.

The alleged relationship came to the attention of police in July while detectives were investigating a separate crime, said Lt. David D. Waltemeyer, Jr. The original investigation is still active, and Waltemeyer declined to comment on it.

The girl gave police a detailed account of the alleged relationship, Waltemeyer said, and police needed several weeks to corroborate parts of her story.

Thompson, who has worked for the county school system for nine years, also resigned from his teaching post in July, according to police and the county school system. Melvin Edwards, a spokesman for the county schools, declined to comment on Thompson's reason for leaving.

According to police charging documents, Thompson is the target of a Baltimore County police investigation "involving an additional student victim from Glen Burnie High School." Bill Toohey, a spokesman for the Baltimore County police, confirmed that his department is investigating Thompson but would not say why.

The alleged sexual relationship began when the girl was 16 and went to see him about a "band-related issue" after school in May 2003, police said. The Sun does not identify alleged victims of sexual abuse. The girl, who has since graduated, told police that she had no previous sexual experience before her encounters with Thompson.

In June 2003, the relationship allegedly progressed when Thompson traveled with the girl to a band event. Over the ensuing two years there were multiple encounters, according to charging documents.

Court papers say that in 2003 and 2004, the two had sexual relations in Thompson's office at the school, in his Honda, at a Laurel motel, at Thompson's home and at Patapsco Valley State Park in Baltimore County.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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