A biology teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a student in a case that ‘sickened’ her boss.
Meredith Susan Barry Martin, a 37-year-old teacher at South River High School in Maryland, was charged on Wednesday with five counts of sex abuse of a minor, eight counts of a sex offense involving a person in a position of authority and two counts of perverted practice.
Investigators said Martin had several sexual encounters with the boy in a Kmart parking lot and at a park-and-ride lot on a state highway.
Police originally responded to the school in January 2019 after school administration received information that Martin and the student were ‘seen together initiating inappropriate contact.’
Superintendent George Arlotto said: ‘The charges against Meredith Martin sicken me to my core and besmirch the incredible work teachers across our county do with children every single day.’
The teen told police he and Martin exchanged phone numbers and texted about where to meet, agreeing on the Kmart parking lot. They proceeded to have multiple sexual encounters at the parking lot, as well as the park-and-ride on Route 424, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Police said Martin told the boy not to tell anyone about the alleged encounters. He later told investigators he did not report the interactions because he was afraid of possible repercussions.
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‘This is a difficult situation for everyone here at South River,’ Principal William Meyers said in a letter to families.
Martin was released from jail on her own recognizance after she was charged. It is unclear when she is due back in court.