City schools teacher charged with having sex with a minor

Suspect was found in car with 15-year-old in Bel Air

December 20, 2010|By Yeganeh June Torbati and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore City schoolteacher has been charged with committing sex acts with a 15-year-old after Harford County police say they found him and the teenager in a parked car in a Bel Air neighborhood over the weekend.

Mark Allen Hyzer, 25, a teacher at Beechfield Elementary/Middle School in Irvington, is being held at the Harford County Detention Center on sex offense charges and has been placed on leave by city schools.

Hyzer, a resident of the 1200 block of Valley Brook Court in Baltimore, has been charged with third- and fourth-degreee sex offenses, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree assault.

About midnight Saturday, residents of the 200 block of Victory Lane in Bel Air alerted police to a suspicious car parked on their street. Upon approaching the car, deputies found a man in the driver's seat of the car and a 15-year-old boy in the passenger seat.

Both appeared disheveled and their clothes were in disarray, said Sgt. David Betz, program director of the county's Child Advocacy Center.

Further inspection of the car by the deputies and interviews of Hyzer and the teenager revealed that the two had been engaging in sex acts, according to Betz.

"Their stories pretty much matched," Betz said.

Baltimore schools officials said in a statement Monday that Hyzer has been placed on leave.

Hyzer is at least the second Baltimore school employee to be charged with a sex crime involving a minor this year.

Ryan Marcus Coleman, 34, of New Northwood in Baltimore was arrested and charged in August with sex abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault in connection with interactions he had with a 17-year-old City College student on the school grounds. He pleaded not guilty and will stand trial in March.

jtorbati@baltsun.com

egreen@baltsun.com

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