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Ex-Fallston High teacher accused of violating probation from sex offense conviction

Justice System

A former Fallston High School teacher who received no jail time after pleading guilty to sex offense in 2009 is accused of violating his probation and failing to divulge all necessary information when registering as a sex offender.

John Francis Galeone, 48, of the 4700 block of Mellow Road in White Hall, pleaded guilty in August 2009 to fourth-degree sex offense. The remaining charges of sex abuse of a minor and a second count of fourth-degree sex offense were dropped.

On Wednesday, Galeone was charged with three counts of failing to include information when registering as a sex offender. He was already detained at the Harford County Detention Center on a violation of probation allegation in the original case.

At his bail review hearing in Harford County District Court Thursday, his Baltimore lawyer, Catherine Flynn, said Galeone was approved for home detention in the circuit court case, but was being held in jail until the question of bail in the new case had been addressed.

A visiting judge from Cecil County, Stephen Baker, said Galeone is accused of failing to register vehicles, an alias and work information when registering as a sex offender.

In 2009, Harford Circuit Court Judge Angela Eaves sentenced Galeone to two years probation and a suspended jail sentence of one year for having illegal sexual contact with a teenage boy he knows, according to Flynn.

At the time of the conviction, he was not required to register as a sex offender. Because of a change in the law, Galeone was later required to register, according to his lawyer.

Flynn added that Galeone was allegedly working as a handyman at a home where a 12-year-old girl lives.

She said there is no allegation of inappropriate contact and that the adult resident was in the home any time Galeone was allegedly there. His probation prohibits him from having any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18, according court records.

Flynn told the judge she is fully prepared to defend the latest charges at trial and asked Baker to release Galeone on his own recognizance so he could move forward with home detention.

"A review of the statement of probable cause does give the state some reason for alarm," Assistant State's Attorney Mary Buck told the judge.

Buck asked Galeone be held without bail based on the allegations.

"The statement of probable cause does indicate he was not fully forthcoming as he should have been," Buck said.

Baker ordered Galeone be held on $7,500 bail and that he register as required before being released.

Galeone was an advanced placement chemistry teacher at Fallston and was dismissed after the 2009 allegations came to light. The sexual contact had no connection to his role as a teacher, according to prosecutors the time of his conviction.

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