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Severna Park, MD – A shocking case has emerged from Anne Arundel County, where a third-grade math teacher has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of minors and second-degree assault at at Severna Park Elementary School, located at 6 Riggs Ave, Severna Park, MD 21146.

Allegations of Repeated Sexual Abuse By Teacher

According to charging documents obtained by 11 News Investigates, Matthew Schlegel, 44, of Severna Park, is accused of inappropriately touching as many as eight students on several occasions in his classroom. The alleged abuse dates back to August 2022, based on interviews with the victims conducted during an investigation that began in March.

The victims, all students in Schlegel’s class, told investigators that the teacher touched their private parts and other areas on more than one occasion.

Prompt Action by School District Following Alleged Child Sex Crimes

Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier acknowledged the disturbing nature of the case, stating, “It’s disturbing, the case has been disturbing all the way along. Anytime you get an allegation like this, it’s disturbing.”

Mosier confirmed that Schlegel was removed from his classroom and reassigned on March 15, as soon as the district learned of the allegations. A long-term substitute teacher took over on March 18.
“He was reassigned to a position where he wasn’t working with children, in any place where there was children,” Mosier said.

Parents Notified of Reports of Sexual Misconduct by Teacher

While a letter was sent to parents in March notifying them of the teacher’s removal, no further details were provided at the time. Mosier explained, “I realize it is frustrating when a process like this plays out, and agencies like ours are limited in what they can say. I mean, there’s understandable frustration for families.”

Sexual Abuse Charges Against 3rd Grade Teacher

Schlegel remains employed by the district, but Mosier stated that the charges are being reviewed, and Schlegel’s employment status could change. “We’re looking through those charges now and there are components of the law and of the negotiated agreements that we’ll look at and take appropriate action if we deem that necessary,” Mosier told 11 News Investigates.

Court Appearance and Ongoing Investigation

Schlegel appeared in an Annapolis court on Friday, where he was ordered held without bond. The Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Child Abuse Unit detectives are urging anyone with information to call the Tip Line at 410-222-4733 or the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at 410-222-4700.

The Severna Park community is grappling with the disturbing allegations, with one grandparent and retired schoolteacher, Kandy Chase, expressing her dismay: “I hate to see that happening to kids in the classroom, just hate to see that happen period. For it to be a teacher, is very disturbing.”

As the investigation continues, the community awaits further developments in this deeply concerning case.

Holding Schools Accountable in Teacher Sexual Abuse Cases

When allegations of sexual abuse by a teacher surface, the legal implications extend beyond just the perpetrator. Schools and districts can potentially face liability for negligence that enabled such heinous acts to occur. To examine this issue, we spoke with Aaron Blank, Esq., a prominent Maryland attorney experienced in representing victims of sexual assault. Mr. Blank provided valuable perspective on the legal rights available to those sexually abused by teachers and the process for holding negligent schools accountable.

Laurence Banville, Esq. (LB): Thank you for joining us, Mr. Blank; what legal rights do victims have in cases of sexual abuse by a teacher?

Aaron Blank, Esq. (AB): Thank you for having me. Victims of sexual abuse by a teacher have the right to pursue civil claims against not only the abuser but also potentially the school district if negligence enabled the abuse to occur. Monetary damages can be sought for the psychological trauma, pain and suffering caused by the abuse.

LB: How can negligent parties be held accountable?

AB: Schools have a duty to protect students and properly vet, train and supervise employees. If they failed in this duty, allowing abuse to happen, they can be liable. An investigation examines the school’s policies, procedures and response to any prior red flags.

LB: What’s the process for victims to get justice?

AB: It starts with reporting the abuse to law enforcement to build a criminal case. Civil claims can then follow, with victims’ attorneys gathering evidence and testimony to prove negligence and damages. Settlements or jury verdicts can provide compensation. It is beneficial for victims and their families to discuss their case with an experienced school sex abuse lawyer to ensure their rights are protected.

Get Justice with Experienced Legal Representation

The trauma inflicted by sexual abuse can have lasting impacts, both psychological and emotional. Victims and their families deserve justice and accountability from all responsible parties. If you or a loved one has suffered abuse by a teacher or authority figure, it’s imperative to understand your legal rights and options for recourse. Our compassionate team is here to fight for you. Contact us today for a confidential, free consultation to explore the path forward and hold negligent institutions liable.

Source:

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/matthew-schlegel-severna-park-teacher-sexual-abuse-minor-charge/60814418

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