An English teacher at Glenelg High School in Howard County was arrested and charged with prostitution and sexual solicitation of a minor, according to an email sent Thursday to parents by the school's principal.

In the email, Glenelg High Principal Karl Schindler said teacher Richard Kemp had been arrested by police in Montgomery County, and that a long-term substitute would teach Kemp's classes "until further notice."


"School counselors are available to talk privately with students, and I encourage parents and guardians to have open dialog with your child as well," Schindler wrote.

Online records indicate that Richard David Kemp, 49, was arrested Oct. 8, and released on $75,000 bond.

Brian Bassett, a communications specialist for Howard County Public Schools, said in an email: "The charges that have been brought against Mr. Kemp are both alarming and very upsetting.

"Our focus right now is to make sure that the students, staff and community at Glenelg High School have the information and supports that they need during this difficult time," Bassett said. "We encourage students to speak to the counselors that are available at school."

Bassett referred additional inquiries to Montgomery County Police.

In his note to parents, Schindler said police are continuing investigation, and suggested that if parents have information that they should contact Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.

Attempts to reach Kemp were unsuccessful.

Reporter Amanda Yeager contributed to this article.