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Police say former Severn church youth group leader smoked marijuana with teens

Man had also worked as substitute teacher in Anne Arundel schools

By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

5:16 PM EDT, April 8, 2013

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A former leader of a youth group of a church in Severn is facing charges that he brought marijuana on a group trip and smoked it with two teenage boys while on an overnight camping trip, Anne Arundel County police said Monday.

Benjamin James Siggers, 31, a former substitute teacher in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, was charged with two counts each of possession of marijuana and contributing to the condition of a child, according to court records. He was issued a summons.

Police said they and the Department of Social Services began investigating Siggers Feb. 19 in connection with the Severn United Methodist Church group activities. Police allege that while driving the boys in April 2012 to a camp near Edgewater, Siggers pulled out marijuana and smoked it with the juveniles.

Siggers, a congregant at the church, resigned his volunteer position as soon as the investigation began, Pastor Wendy van Vliet said Monday. In February, the school system fired Siggers, who had worked as a substitute since March 2012, said Bob Mosier, schools spokesman.

Siggers could not be reached Monday for comment.

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