- The Enterprise
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A call to police in July from a child protective services investigator led to the arrest on Friday of a Great Mills High School social studies teacher on charging papers alleging he abused and committed sexual offenses with foster children in his care.
Lowell A. Johnson, 64, of Lexington Park was arrested at his home and released on $50,000 bond to await court proceedings on the charges, and St. Mary’s public schools officials reported Monday that he has been placed on paid administrative leave.
St. Mary’s detectives filed a statement of probable cause alleging that a teenager disclosed that Johnson sexually fondled her as she was sleeping, on about three occasions between the summer of 2010 and early last year, and that a woman told police that she had intercourse with the suspect several times while she was a teenager living at his home, including in 2006, in a neighborhood off Pegg Road.
Capt. Terry Black, commander of the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, said Tuesday that there are currently no foster children living with the suspect.
“There were no kids removed as part of our investigation,” Black said. “The victims we have are both adults now.”
During questioning last week 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 could not be reached for comment this week by phone or at his residence.
Johnson has worked with the school system for 36 years, and is entitled to remain on paid leave until the criminal charges against him are resolved in court, according to Greg Nourse, the county public schools’ assistant superintendent of human resources and finance. “He has a right to due process” in court, Nourse said.