UPDATE (June 16):
The Crimes Against Children Unit has completed its investigation into this incident and found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Perry Hall High School teacher in this case.
Original release (June 5):
Early this morning, at about 3 a.m., police from the White Marsh precinct investigated a suspicious condition reported at the precinct by the mother of a 15-year-old Perry Hall High School student. The complaint involved numerous text messages sent back and forth between the girl and one of her teachers, a 42-year-old man.
The officer viewed several dozen texts and found that they described an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student. The initial review of the available evidence indicated that a more detailed investigation was necessary. A copy of the report was sent to the Crimes Against Children Unit and the Safe Schools Facilitator.
Today at 9:45 a.m., police responded to the girl's home for a report of a disturbance. The girl's father told the officer that the girl's teacher -- the same teacher who had sent the texts -- had just showed up at this home without permission, saying he wanted to talk. The girl's father told the teacher to leave, but the teacher refused. The girl's father then struck the teacher with a baseball bat. The teacher and the father gave slightly different versions of the assault, which did not occur in the presence of the officer.
The officer found that the teacher sustained minor injuries and advised him of the process for filing charges for second-degree assault (a misdemeanor). The teacher said he did not wish to pursue any charges.
The teacher was advised by the officer that he would be arrested if he returned to the family's home.
The officer also advised the girl's family of the process for applying for a protective order.
This incident is under active investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crime Against Children Unit. Names of the persons involved in this incident are not being released because of the active investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the report will be presented to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. The State's Attorney's Office will review the report and decide if any charges will be brought.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.