From Dean Jones Jr. and Andrea F. Siegel:

A Glen Burnie High School English teacher was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually abusing three female students over the past two years, Anne Arundel County police said.

Jeffrey Robert Sears Jr., 29, of the 400 block of Luther Road in Glen Burnie, is facing more than a dozen criminal counts, including sexual abuse of a minor, sexual solicitation of a minor and assault. He was held Thursday in lieu of $3 million bail.

The allegations involve three girls who were ages 15 and 16 at the time of the sexual activity that occurred between November 2009 and October of this year, police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said at a news conference held jointly by police and school officials. But, he said, police were not certain those were the only victims.

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