Sex crimes are treated very seriously in Maryland, and a conviction can cause extensive problems in a person’s life personally and professionally. This is especially true if the person’s job requires that they work with people under the age of 18. One such case led to a teacher’s arrest for accusations of sex crimes involving a student at his school.
The male teacher, 41, was arrested on suspicion of being involved in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. The incidents were said to have occurred at least three times at motels and in his home. He faces charges for teacher-student institutional sexual assault. The man was indicted after the allegations were presented to a grand jury. The relationship reportedly began in September 2019 and continued through May 2020.
The teacher was first placed on administrative leave by his school, and the school has since said he no longer works there. The female student admitted to the sexual relationship and said that the man gave her gifts. Other evidence collected by law enforcement includes letters, messages on social media and receipts from the hotels where they were said to have met. Letters include one reportedly sent by the man to a friend confessing to the relationship and apology letters, including one to the student.
Individuals involved in similar cases want to understand how to address the charges and seek a positive outcome. A conviction can mean jail time, fines and the requirement to register as a sexual offender. Teachers convicted of sex crimes will likely be unable to teach anymore. Perhaps a plea bargain could be available, or there might be avenues to reduce the charges. Consulting with a legal professional experienced in defense of sex crimes may be beneficial.