Ex-Woodlawn teacher charged in sex abuse

Female student, 14, accuses high school instructor

February 06, 2007|By Nick Shields and Gina Davis | Nick Shields and Gina Davis,sun reporters

A man who taught at Woodlawn High School has been charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old student.

Parris James McGhee-Bey, 57, is accused of having sexual contact with a girl in November and December in his office at the school, according to police.

McGhee-Bey was hired as a technology teacher in August 2005 and is still employed by the school system, though he is "no longer in the classroom," said Brice Freeman, a county schools spokesman.

Freeman would not say whether McGhee-Bey has been reassigned to another job or is on leave, noting the school system's personnel policy.

"But our law and our policy are clear that the moment we hear that an allegation such as this has been made an investigation is initiated and, according to our procedure, the individual is removed from the classroom," he said.

In an interview with authorities, the girl said the abuse began in November after McGhee-Bey offered to take her home after she missed her bus, court papers show. The girl said McGhee-Bey gave her his telephone number and asked her to call him.

The girl performed after-school clerical work for McGhee-Bey to complete mandatory community service requirements for school, court papers show. She told authorities that sexual contact occurred in his office, court records show.

After Christmas break she told McGhee-Bey that she "didn't want to do it anymore, but they continued talking on the phone," court papers show. "He told me he loved me," she said in court papers.

Interviewed by police, McGhee-Bey denied all allegations, the charging documents show.

McGhee-Bey, of the 3100 block of Northmont Road in the Gwynn Oak area of the county, could not be reached yesterday for comment. A woman who answered the phone at his residence, who would not identify herself, said he was unavailable.

He was granted a conditional teaching certificate in November 2005, which allowed him to teach while working toward full certification, said Bill Reinhard, spokesman for the State Department of Education.

McGhee-Bey has been charged with sex abuse of a minor, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and perverted practice, police said.

He was released on $50,000 bond to await trial, police said.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com gina.davis@baltsun.com

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