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January 21, 1994
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner basically gave Ronald Walter Price a gift when he lopped five years off the convicted child abuser's 26-year sentence this week.Judge Lerner had said at Price's Oct. 14 sentencing that he'd consider reducing the prison term if Price, who claimed on national TV that other Anne Arundel teachers were having sex with students, helped investigators pinpoint these alleged wrongdoers. It seemed a fair offer. Price's sentence was much harsher than state sentencing guidelines recommended; releasing him a few years early seemed a reasonable compromise to get other abusive teachers out of the classroom.
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NEWS
December 9, 1994
The Laurie S. Cook case gets stranger by the day. The testimony that has emerged so far in the administrative hearing for the Anne Arundel County Board of Education portrays the Northeast High School science teacher as fixated on a disturbed 14-year-old student.On the first night of testimony, a police detective outlined the allegations of kissing, fondling and oral sex. Since then, the details of the alleged affair have become increasingly bizarre. We've heard allegations that Ms. Cook was intrigued by the boy's interracial family; that she wanted to have his baby; that she frequently ate dinner with his family and stayed late at their home watching television; that she asked his teen-age sister to accompany her on a blind date, and sunbathed in his yard.
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By ELISE ARMACOST | October 17, 1993
He stood, gray and grizzled, with tears dripping off the end of his nose and a rosary around his neck, and said he was sorry."I've said I was sorry from the beginning," Ron Price told Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Eugene Lerner. "I'm not going to stand here and make excuses and deny responsibility."Then, he did exactly that.He complained of the Anne Arundel County school system, which "ignored and swept under the carpet" his long history of sexually abusing his students at Northeast High School.
NEWS
June 29, 1994
So the Anne Arundel County Board of Education is going after former Northeast High School teacher Laurie S. Cook because she failed to blow the whistle on convicted sex offender Ron Price. That's interesting. Three-quarters of the rest of the Northeast staff and a bevy of school administrators suspected for 20 years that Price was fooling around with students while he was a teacher at Northeast, but we don't see the school board's ax poised above their necks.Quite the contrary, the board has oozed forgiveness and understanding.
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By RICHARD E. VATZ and LEE S. WEINBERG | August 18, 1993
The squalid case of Ron Price, the Northeast High School teacher charged with having sex with minors at his school, has taken a turn for the worse. A court-appointed psychiatrist reportedly has found that Mr. Price ''suffers from compulsive sexual deviance.'' The operative word here is ''compulsive,'' which means that the psychiatrist alleges that Mr. Price cannot control what he does.Mr. Price's lawyer commented that he was ''very pleased'' with the finding. No doubt. The success of Mr. Price's insanity plea almost certainly will rest on his ability to ''prove'' that he could not control his behavior, and psychiatric testimony to that effect is key. There surely will be further testimony supporting that claim by Mr. Price's own hired-gun psychiatrists.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | October 18, 1993
Haiti is where the inmates are in charge of the prison.Ron Price got 16 years for violating children in his care, and 10 more years for bragging to Geraldo about it.The Governor is going all-out to sell NAFTA, and if that doesn't undo the damage of supporting loser Bush against winner Clinton, nothing will.Administration policy respecting General Aidid is that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
NEWS
June 29, 1994
So the Anne Arundel County Board of Education is going after former Northeast High School teacher Laurie S. Cook because she failed to blow the whistle on convicted sex offender Ron Price. That's interesting. Three-quarters of the rest of the Northeast staff and a bevy of school administrators suspected for 20 years that Price was fooling around with students while he was a teacher at Northeast, but we don't see the school board's ax poised above their necks.Quite the contrary, the board has oozed forgiveness and understanding.
NEWS
December 9, 1994
The Laurie S. Cook case gets stranger by the day. The testimony that has emerged so far in the administrative hearing for the Anne Arundel County Board of Education portrays the Northeast High School science teacher as fixated on a disturbed 14-year-old student.On the first night of testimony, a police detective outlined the allegations of kissing, fondling and oral sex. Since then, the details of the alleged affair have become increasingly bizarre. We've heard allegations that Ms. Cook was intrigued by the boy's interracial family; that she wanted to have his baby; that she frequently ate dinner with his family and stayed late at their home watching television; that she asked his teen-age sister to accompany her on a blind date, and sunbathed in his yard.
NEWS
By ELISE ARMACOST | May 23, 1993
Is anyone really surprised that a second Anne Arundel County high school teacher has been arrested for sexual abuse?Not really. Everyone's been expecting that.But the fact that the accused teacher is a woman comes as a shock, for three reasons:First, we're more likely to think of teen-age sexual abuse as involving "dirty old men" with young girls, not women with young boys. When the subject is an older woman and a teen-aged boy, we tend to treat it not as the abuse it is, but as a form of higher education -- the kind Anne Bancroft gave Dustin Hoffman.
NEWS
By DENNIS O'BRIEN | September 12, 1993
After hearing three women break down and cry as they described how he seduced them, Ron Price was asked by a reporter if he had any remorse for what he had done.He had nothing to say -- for once.The man who for five months granted television and newspaper interviews, admitted his crimes on "Geraldo!" and confessed his lustful thoughts to the Washington Post, was finally doing what most people who face criminal charges do. Keeping quiet.While Price's crimes and his loquacious ways may inspire a television movie, they also are likely to land him a considerable prison term when he is sentenced next month by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner.
NEWS
January 21, 1994
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner basically gave Ronald Walter Price a gift when he lopped five years off the convicted child abuser's 26-year sentence this week.Judge Lerner had said at Price's Oct. 14 sentencing that he'd consider reducing the prison term if Price, who claimed on national TV that other Anne Arundel teachers were having sex with students, helped investigators pinpoint these alleged wrongdoers. It seemed a fair offer. Price's sentence was much harsher than state sentencing guidelines recommended; releasing him a few years early seemed a reasonable compromise to get other abusive teachers out of the classroom.
NEWS
By ELISE ARMACOST | December 26, 1993
Remember the year Time magazine named Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini its "Man of the Year"? Readers -- not realizing that Time was choosing someone who most influenced the year's events, not one who did the most noble deeds -- were outraged that such an infamous human being given so much recognition.Well, The Sun's Anne Arundel bureau would find itself in a similar predicament were it to name a "Man of the Year" for 1993. Because the "award" would have to go to the ignoble Ronald Walter Price, the weaselly former Northeast High teacher who sexually abused his students, then went on "Geraldo!"
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer | December 15, 1993
A popular Hereford High School English teacher received a 60-day jail sentence yesterday for sexual child abuse after admitting that he became enamored of a senior student eight years ago and engaged in a variety of acts with her that fell short of intercourse.John F. Sherman, 45, of the 1700 block of Troyer Road, Monkton, was arrested Oct. 1, after Baltimore County police recorded a conversation with the victim, who is now 26.Sherman pleaded guilty in return for the prosecutor's recommendation that he be allowed to serve any jail time locally and on work-release.
NEWS
December 14, 1993
In many ways, the case of Northeast High School teacher Laurie Cook is more significant to teachers than that of Ronald Walter Price. Price's admission of lurid sexual involvement with students made his conviction a virtual certainty, and the teaching community immediately distanced itself from him. But Ms. Cook, who denied wrongdoing, was seen by colleagues as the embodiment of their worst nightmare: a dedicated teacher victimized by the lies of...
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | October 18, 1993
Haiti is where the inmates are in charge of the prison.Ron Price got 16 years for violating children in his care, and 10 more years for bragging to Geraldo about it.The Governor is going all-out to sell NAFTA, and if that doesn't undo the damage of supporting loser Bush against winner Clinton, nothing will.Administration policy respecting General Aidid is that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
NEWS
By ELISE ARMACOST | October 17, 1993
He stood, gray and grizzled, with tears dripping off the end of his nose and a rosary around his neck, and said he was sorry."I've said I was sorry from the beginning," Ron Price told Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Eugene Lerner. "I'm not going to stand here and make excuses and deny responsibility."Then, he did exactly that.He complained of the Anne Arundel County school system, which "ignored and swept under the carpet" his long history of sexually abusing his students at Northeast High School.
NEWS
September 15, 1993
The verdict against Ron PriceI find it difficult to understand the attitude of Ron Price and his lawyer, Timothy Umbreit.Mr. Price believes he is being persecuted because he told the truth. He testified that because the relationships he had were after school hours, a sexual relationship between a man in his 40s and a girl of 15 is acceptable.He failed his responsibility on at least two levels: as an adult who should have control of his actions, and as a teacher in a position of power over females students undergoing the vulnerable process of progressing from childhood to adulthood.
NEWS
October 13, 1993
Anne Arundel County school officials still have a way to go to correct ignorance and negligence regarding employee misconduct, but they at least appear to be trying.The school board's offer of a two-week amnesty period -- during which teachers can report suspected cases of abuse without punishment for not following child-abuse reporting laws earlier -- is an intelligent strategy.Board President Thomas Twombly was right when he said the system must be "cleansed." Confidence in the schools won't be restored unless people know wrongdoers have been weeded out, and that a new leaf has been turned over.
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