A physical education teacher and former head football coach at Severna Park High School was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing money from student lockers, county police said.
Jerry Parker Hines Jr., 55, of the 1300 block of Shawnee Court in Millersville, was charged with four misdemeanor theft counts stemming from thefts of cash from students' wallets.
Hines has been transferred from Severna Park High and reassigned to a position where he won't have contact with students or access to school funds, school system spokesman Bob Mosier said.
"It's a very disturbing and disappointing situation," Mosier said. "We put educators in schools, in places of trust, and something like this happens and it's extremely disheartening."
Mosier said the evaluation of Hines' continued employment has begun.
County police spokesman Marc Limansky said Hines is accused of taking money from student lockers in the boys locker room.
Charging documents in the case indicate Hines apparently stole from the same student's locker on three occasions in the past week, taking $20 on Feb. 9, $60 on Monday and $5 on Wednesday.
The student reported the thefts to the school's resource police officer on Wednesday.
Police investigation revealed Hines was the likely suspect, charging documents said. When approached, Hines agreed to go to the county police Eastern District station to be interviewed.
Charging documents say Hines gave up his Miranda rights and agreed to talk to the officer without an attorney present.
Hines admitted taking money from the student's wallet Wednesday and on another occasion, the documents stated.
He also told police he had been committing similar thefts since the new school building opened in January and had taken approximately $300 to $400.
He told police any thefts reported from the boys locker room were likely his doing.
Hines started as a physical education teacher with county schools in 1997, Mosier said.
He has been on the staff at Severna Park since 1998, when he took the reins as football coach.
Before resigning for personal reasons after the 2010 season, he amassed a 81-59 record, including a handful of trips to the playoffs. In 2014, he was a JV football assistant.
Hines was hired to coach the Northeast High School football team last spring, but resigned late in the 2015-2016 school year for personal reasons before he had coached a single game.
Civil court records indicate Hines has been in debt financially in the past, mostly at the beginning of this decade.
Hines could not be reached for comment. A visit to his home revealed two apparently new "Private Property No Trespassing" signs at the head of the driveway. The messaging system at his listed phone number was full.