Former Glen Burnie teacher admits to sex with student

Band director, who had yearlong relationship with girl, is accused of molesting another teen

Maryland

March 23, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter

A former Glen Burnie High School band director admitted yesterday to having a yearlong sexual relationship with one of his female students through her graduation in 2004.

He is expected to plead guilty next week to molesting another band student, his lawyer said.

Jeffrey Stephen Thompson, 37, of Severn, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to sexual abuse of a minor, under an agreement that says prosecutors will not seek more than 18 months in jail when he is sentenced in May. He will have to register as a sex offender.

Outside the courtroom, his lawyer, Thomas C. Morrow, said he will ask Judge Joseph P. Manck to place his client on probation. He noted that Thompson, who now works in retail sales, is in the National Guard and probably would have been deployed to Iraq but for the pending criminal charges.

The sexual relationship with the first student began in May 2003 when she was 16, said Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban. The prosecutor said Thompson told the teenager "he really loved her and that's why this is OK." During that time, he helped her apply for music scholarships.

They repeatedly had sexual relations in the school as well as in Patapsco Valley State Park, the prosecutor said.

Thompson, who worked for the Anne Arundel County public schools for nine years, resigned in July as this and allegations by another student were revealed.

State Department of Education officials said they suspended Thompson's teaching license when he was charged last year, and he voluntarily withdrew his certification last Friday.

Charging documents in the other case, which is in Baltimore County Circuit Court, indicated that girl was a Glen Burnie High School senior attending band camp in August 2004 at Towson University. Police alleged that Thompson gave her Gatorade mixed with vodka in a college dorm, which made her dizzy, and he molested her.

Morrow said Thompson's case in Baltimore County next week is likely "to proceed in a similar way" to yesterday's case.

Anne Arundel County police said they were unaware of more students who may have been molested by Thompson, but advised anyone who suspects they may have been to call investigators at 410-222-3566.

Thompson is the second Anne Arundel school system worker convicted in less than a year and a half of having a sexual relationship with a student.

In February 2006, Henry Ford Mouzon III, a former North County High School basketball coach and student advocate, was convicted of having a yearlong of sexual relationship with a student, which ended in the spring of 2005, when she was 16. Manck sentenced him to serve two months in the county jail, followed by four months of work release or house arrest, then three years of probation.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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