Accusations of crimes can be an uphill battle for those who are charged.
This is especially true when an alleged victim is underage. A Maryland
substitute teacher was recently accused of thesexual assault of a student.
The news of the claimed assault angered parents because they did not learn
this information until some time later. The incident allegedly took place
on Sept. and his arrest occurred on Oct. 14. However, parents were not
notified of the alleged incident until Nov. 7. Authorities claim that
the substitute teacher inappropriately touched a 12-year-old student from
behind and then touched her legs.
The teacher was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor. He was
released on a $50,000 bond. The substitute teacher is not the only one
who has been accused of inappropriate behavior within the Montgomery County
Public Schools system. Previously, a 44-year-old man employed as a contract
worker faced allegations of inappropriate touching at another middle school
in early October. Parents were not informed of that incident until approximately
In spite of the allegations against the substitute teacher, he has the
right to fair and impartial proceedings in criminal court. Just because
he was charged with sexual assault on a minor does not mean that he is
guilty of any criminal conduct. Maryland prosecutors will need a substantial
amount of evidence against him in order to secure a conviction, and that
is often a difficult burden to meet. That standard of proof is intentionally
set high so that innocent people need not fear conviction for a crime
they did not commit.
Source: wjla.com, "MCPS substitute teacher accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl;
parents furious about delayed notification", Roz Plater and Richard Reeve, Nov. 10, 2014