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Board President and Principal 'Sickened' by Arrest of Teacher for Sexual Misconduct (Video)

The courts set Jeffrey Sears Jr.'s bail at $3 million—$1 million per victim, police said.

School officials were visibly upset at a press conference Thursday afternoon addressing the arrest of a English teacher accused of having sex with three students.

Jeffrey Robert Sears Jr., 29, of Glen Burnie, was and charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor, multiple counts of fourth-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense, multiple counts of perverted practice, sexual solicitation of a minor and multiple assault charges. Sears, who began teaching at the school in 2006, previously was the coach of the junior varsity boys basketball team.

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"As a leader of Glen Burnie High School and a leader of students, of course this sickens me," said principal Vickie Plitt, who acknowledged she was taking the news hard.

"As principal of Glen Burnie High School, one of my responsibilities is to protect my students," she said, holding back tears.

Sears is accused of having sexual relationships with three girls ranging in age from 15 to 16 while they were students at Glen Burnie High. Police said the incidents reportedly took place both on and off campus, during and after school hours, between November 2009 and October 2011.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell said two of the girls involved were former students of Sears and one was not. None of them were in his English class during the time of the incident.

"When the first allegation against Mr. Sears arose, we immediately removed him from the classroom and placed him in a position in which he had absolutely no contact with children," Maxwell said. "With the filing of these charges, I will be recommending to the board that he be suspended without pay pending terminination from employment with Anne Arundel County Public Schools."

The allegations began in November when an assistant coach at Glen Burnie notified Plitt about a possible sexual relationship between Sears and a student. Plitt then notifice the school system which contacted social services. School officials did not say what sport the assistant coach was involved with.

Board of Education President Patricia R. Nalley said news of the incident made her "sick to [her] stomach."

"Sadly, we have seen this all too often across our nation, but the idea that someone could take advantage of a vulnerable child whose future they have been entrusted with cuts me to the core," Nalley said.

Both Plitt and Maxwell spoke of the "extensive" training that teachers receive regarding inappropriate interaction with students.

"I don't think any person can rightly say that they haven't received the information," Maxwell said.

Plitt said the school is in close contact with each of the victims' families.

"It's time for Glen Burnie High School to heal and move forward," she said.

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Bob December 08, 2011 at 07:24 PM
I think its time for Vickie Plitt to move on. More and more troubles are building up under her tenure
Nicki Mayo December 08, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Curious... since teachers are screened for criminal backgrounds and the likes, what else can a school administrator or system do to prevent this type of misconduct among staffers?
Miss Susan December 08, 2011 at 08:20 PM
My question: Why was he just removed from contact with the students and not REMOVED FROM THE SCHOOL? That principal has culpability as well!
Miss Susan December 08, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Due diligence is required! And there should be a whistleblower policy in place! That may help!
John Frenaye December 08, 2011 at 08:33 PM
The caption is incorrect in the video. That was Vicki Plitt, not Patricia Nalley
Kenneth Quasney December 08, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Im sure that they wanted to make sure that alegations were true before they removed him completely. She said that at first allegation he was removed from the classroom and contact with children. Now that the police have filed charges he's removed all together. Now that they have enough evidence against him not only should he fired but he should be prosecuted to the full exstent of the law.
Maya T. Prabhu December 08, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Thanks, John. It's already been addressed.
Kenneth Quasney December 08, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Like? Is this the only instance where there has been a problem, I can tell you as a high school graduate that the school itself is very bad, my first year there I watched as a student got stabbed in the court yard, they had to install fences to keep people ( from other schools ) out. My freshman class there was also 16 fights the very first day. The schools has always had problems since I've been there and these problems all started under Mr. Hill. Also this is the first time there has been a teach acused of have sexual relations with a student, while I was there a band teacher was accused of having relations with a student
Kenneth Quasney December 08, 2011 at 08:47 PM
I ment to say this isn't the first time thee has been a teach acused of......
Mike Brown December 08, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Just like at PSU. He was accused he is removed from the position that he is in pending an internal investigation. If that internal investigation yields that the accusations are true then the school district would contact the police or in this circumstance social services. What happens if it was a student who accused someone of doing this and then the accusations are unfounded. How many times have that happened in the past throughout our nation. I am as sick as you about this circumstance but the accused do have their rights. As someone else stated, upon receiving the complaint, the school will remove him from his role with the students, if that investigation along with the police department investigation shows the accusations are true then the board can remove him completely.
Bob Mosier December 09, 2011 at 04:32 AM
To be clear, Mr. Sears was reassigned on Nov. 1, 2011, to a position in which he had no contact with children. He has not worked at any AACPS school since Nov. 1, 2011. Bob Mosier Public Information Officer Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Bob Mosier December 09, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Again, Mr. Sears was removed from Glen Burnie and assigned to a position where he did not have any contact with children as soon as the school learned of the first allegation. He has not worked at any school since that time. Bob Mosier Public Information Officer Anne Arundel County Public Schools

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