City College employee charged with gun sale attempt

A City College staff member has been charged with attempting to sell a gun to a school police officer, school officials said.

Tyree Miles, 33, a temporary employee at the prestigious public high school, was arrested Oct. 15 after city school and Baltimore city police arranged the sale on the school's campus, according to Jonathan Brice, executive director of student support and safety for the school system.

Miles, who had been hired "to make sure kids weren't in the hallway," was terminated immediately, Brice said. He was charged with unlawful possession of a concealable firearm, possessing a dangerous weapon on school property and attempting to sell a firearm, according to court records.

Approached by Miles about buying the gun, the school officer notified his superiors and city police, Brice said. The agencies organized a "controlled buy" on a day that students were not in school. Miles was arrested as soon as he and the officer made the swap, Brice said.

"The school police officer responded appropriately, and we worked together with police for a good thing," Brice said. "No one wants illegal guns on the street."

Brice said he did not know how long Miles had worked at City College. He said that Miles had passed a criminal check before he was hired and that "at the time he was brought on, there's nothing in his background that would have prevented his employment."

Court records show that Miles was arrested on drug and distribution charges in 2008.

"You can't foresee if someone who is eligible for hire is going to make bad choices and cross the line," Brice said. "As an organization, we have to make sure our protocols are in place, which they are, and make sure that all of our employees, temporary or permanent, go through the proper screenings."

Miles was released from jail on Friday. He is due to appear in court Nov. 16.

He is the second temporary City College employee in three months to be charged with a crime. In July, Ryan M. Coleman, a 34-year-old City College alumnus who was hired as a contractor to monitor the school's hallways and serve as a "dean of discipline" last year, was arrested on sexual abuse and assault charges.

A 17-year-old student alleged he propositioned her and touched her inappropriately. Coleman pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is scheduled to face a jury in December.

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