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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sex Abuse Charges Dropped Against Md. Teacher Due To Loophole

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Serious charges are dropped against a Maryland school teacher and coach. Scott Spear, 47, was once accused of having sex with a student but, as Mary Bubala reports, a snag in Maryland law got him off the hook.

The middle school teacher and high school coach in Montgomery County no longer faces sex abuse charges.

“This should never have happened. I committed no crime,” Spear said.

Police say Scott Spear had sex with a 16-year-old female student from Richard Montgomery High School and charged him with a fourth-degree sex offense. But those charges are now dropped because of a loophole in Maryland state law.

Spear was only a part-time employee at the high school and under state law, school personnel can only be charged with having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student if they are full-time.


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