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A social studies teacher at Great Mills High School has been placed on paid administrative leave, St. Mary’s public schools officials report, following his arrest Friday on charging papers alleging he abused and committed sexual offenses last year and in 2006 with foster children in his care.
Lowell A. Johnson, 64, of Lexington Park was released from custody Friday on $50,000 bond to await court proceedings on the felony charges. St. Mary’s detectives filed a statement of probable cause alleging that a teenager disclosed in July that Johnson sexually fondled her as she was sleeping, on about three occasions, and that a woman told police that she had intercourse with the suspect several times while she was a teenager living at his Patuxent Park residence.
During questioning at the sheriff’s office, charging papers allege, Johnson initially said he accidentally digitally penetrated one of the girls, and he later said he engaged in that conduct with the other girl “on more than one occasion.”
Johnson has worked with the school system for 36 years, and will remain on paid leave until the charges are resolved in court, an assistant superintendent said.