Maryland teacher facing sexual assault charges
On August 8, 2013, police arrested a Maryland music teacher for suspicion of child abuse, sexual abuse, molestation and rape after they found child pornography on the teacher’s computer. Maryland residents should be aware of the details of the arrest and the severe punishments that those convicted of such charges face.
Multiple felony charges
The 54 year-old man who was arrested had been teaching in Maryland public schools for 27 years. Authorities initially arrested the man in March of 2013 when they found pornographic videos featuring children on his computer and an email to a known producer of child pornography in South Carolina with a pornographic video of a child in a classroom with musical instruments. The teacher’s colleagues also reported the teacher for suspicious behavior, including locking the classroom door while working with students and holding a student between his legs while he was sitting on a stool.
After further investigation, police re-arrested the teacher for 14 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, one count of second-degree rape and one count of sex offense in the third degree. Police allege that the children involved were in kindergarten, first and second grade at the time of the incidents.
The charges that the teacher faces carry stiff penalties for those convicted of them. Sexual abuse of a minor is a felony offense in Maryland, and a conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to 25 years. A sex offense in the third degree is sexual contact without another’s permission, along with an aggravating factor such as instilling fear in the other or involving a child under 14 years old. A conviction for a sex offense in the third degree is a felony and can lead to a prison sentence of up to 10 years. When charges for rape in the second degree involve a person over the age of 18 years old and the alleged victim was under 13 years old at the time of the incident, a conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 15 years in prison.
In addition to the lengthy prison sentences that result from convictions for these charges, those who are convicted of these charges also must register as sex offenders after they are released from prison.
Speak with an attorney
Accusations of sexual offenses can be devastating. Such allegations ruin reputations and destroy lives. If you are facing charges for a sexual offense, speak with an attorney with a history of successfully handling such cases who can defend your rights and protect your freedom.