Medical release sought for inmate

January 17, 2008|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter

The lawyer for a former Howard County special-education teacher who was convicted in August of third-degree sex offense involving a 15-year-old boy is scheduled to ask a Circuit Court judge tomorrow to release his client from a detention center because of an undisclosed medical condition.

Kirsten Ann Kinley, 27, is in the Howard County Detention Center, where she was sentenced to serve 18 months.

"Ideally, I would like to have her released," said Thomas Morrow, Kinley's attorney. "She is having a difficult time due to a variety of medical conditions."

Morrow declined to discuss the nature or extent of Kinley's medical problems.

"It's a matter of her personal health," the Towson-based attorney said. "I would prefer not to get into it."

When Kinley was sentenced in August, Morrow said, she had been suffering from kidney failure and mental health problems that included depression. Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure sentenced Kinley to three years in prison, with 18 months suspended, meaning she is to serve 18 months.

Kinley was arrested Feb. 15, 2007, and accused of having improper contact with the student in late 2004 and early 2005 while she was teaching at Hammond Middle School in the Laurel area. Kinley pleaded guilty in August to one count of third-degree sex offense.

Charges against Kinley involving a second boy were dropped after he refused to cooperate with prosecutors, the Howard County state's attorney's office said. Neither youth was one of Kinley's students.

She had been a special-education teacher in the Howard County school system since 2002 and had worked at Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville since it opened in 2005. She was the adviser to the sophomore class and to a competitive dance group.

The Howard County school board fired her in May.

Last week, another Howard County teacher, Joseph Samuel Ellis, was found guilty of sex abuse of a minor, indecent exposure and telephone misuse. Ellis, 25, who taught history at Glenelg High School could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for incidents involving a former student who was 17 at the time of the offenses in December 2006. Before the trial started, Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of displaying obscene materials to a minor.

Alan Meade Beier, 52, a former chemistry and physics teacher at River Hill High, is scheduled to go to trial March 26. He is charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with three students.

Beier was arrested Jan. 12 last year. He is accused of undressing and photographing a 16-year-old boy in his classroom and fondling a 17-year-old female student.

john-john.williams@baltsun.com

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