Victims of sex crimes are often embarrassed or ashamed of what happened to them, even though it wasn’t their fault. When they do decide to speak up, it often occurs years later.
This was recently the case for a Maryland teacher. The man was recently arrested and charged for crimes he committed against students more than 20 years ago.
The 51-year-old man from Fallston was arrested on June 10. He has been charged with multiple offenses, including second-degree rape, child molestation and a third-degree sex offense.
The man worked as a teacher for Harford County Public Schools. He was a teacher at Bel Air Middle School for 20 years. He is accused of sexually abusing a former student, a minor, in 1999 and 2000. The incidents occurred multiple times at the teacher’s previous home in Parkville. He has been teaching at Patterson Mill High School in Bel Air since July 2018.
The school system learned of the allegations against the teacher in February. He was subsequently placed on paid administrative leave. He was recently placed on unpaid administrative leave.
It is possible that other students may have been victims of the teacher. They are asked to come forward and contact police.
Teachers are in a position of trust. They are supposed to educate and protect students. They should be looking out for these children’s best interests. However, because teachers spend so much time with their students, they sometimes get a little too close to them.
The majority of sexual abuse in the school system is initiated by classroom teachers (18%). Coaches account for 15% of sexual abuse incidents. Bus drivers and school administrators may also be labeled as offenders. However, most incidents of sexual abuse occur in empty classrooms, offices and hallways.
As teenagers’ hormones run wild, some teachers take advantage of this and try to develop a sexual relationship. While male teachers are more likely to initiate such a relationship, female teachers have been known to have sexual relations with male and female students.
Interestingly, male teachers are often seen as predators, while female teachers gain pop culture status. After all, the running joke is that boys who have sex with their female teachers are seen as cool. So when a female teacher is convicted of sleeping with a student, she often gets a lighter jail sentence. If she is an attractive woman, she may even get flattering press coverage.
Sex crimes are serious matters in Maryland. If you are convicted of such a crime, it could affect your life in many ways. You will be treated as a felon and placed on a sex offender registry.
If you are accused of a sex crime, you need an advocate on your side. The Columbia sex crimes lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. will aggressively fight for your rights and get you a solid defense. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more. Fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987. We have two offices to serve you.
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