A former South Carroll High School English teacher has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after he kissed a 17-year-old student in a Mount Airy park this summer, according to charging documents.

Hampstead resident Wade Thomas Kemper, 38, has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense stemming from an August incident.

According to charging documents, Kemper and the student hugged and then kissed for about a minute in Wildwood Park on Aug. 16.

The student said she was sitting in the park alone when Kemper approached her as he was returning home from a Frederick book store, and she said the pair spoke for about 30 to 60 minutes before walking to his car where they kissed before he left, according to court documents.

Kemper admitted to police that he "inappropriately kissed a student," when interviewed by investigators and said he should have "definitely stopped it earlier," according to court documents.

Kemper, who told police he knew that the student went to the park when she was lonely, said he did not go to the park that night intending to meet the student, although he might have hoped for it subconsciously, according to court documents.

Kemper resigned from Carroll County Public Schools in August, according to spokeswoman Carey Gaddis.

He had been employed by the school system since Aug. 2005, Gaddis said.