The tennis coach at Old Mill Senior High has been suspended after county police charged him with sexually assaulting a male student last October, sources at the school said.
Randall Stevens, 41, who alsoteaches science at Old Mill Senior High, was charged Dec. 16 with a first-degree sex offense, county police Sgt. Robert Jaschik said.
The school sources said Stevens has been suspended from his duties at Old Mill. Stevens could not be reached for comment.
Jaschik said the charges stem from an Oct. 26 incident in Stevens' home in the200 block of Rebecca Court in Millersville.
Police say a 19-year-old student told them he was alone in a room and watching television with Stevens during the late afternoon when Stevens approached him.
"Mr. Stevens came over and fondled him while he was sitting in the chair," Jaschik said. "He pushed him away and left."
The student did not report the incident to police until Dec. 3.
"He thought he could handle it," Jaschik said, but was doing poorly on his schoolwork and could not forget the incident.
Jaschik said the student toldinvestigators that it was not unusual for Stevens' students to visithim at home after school hours.
"But this is the only incident weare investigating," Jaschik said. "And I don't anticipate any othersto come from this."
For the last decade, Stevens has coached Old Mill's tennis team, a perennial county contender. He had a team that went unbeaten in 1986 at 13-0.
For several years, Stevens was vocal about the lack of tennis courts at Old Mill. The school, despite having the county's highest enrollment, has only four courts.
Last Spring, Stevens' Patriots had to forfeit four matches because of a complicated seeding rule, but Stevens rebounded to coach Brent Layman and Phil White to an unbeaten, state championship season in doubles.
Layman and White were chosen as Co-Players of the Year by the Anne Arundel County Sun. Layman, an All-County soccer player and state champion wrestler, was later chosen the Anne Arundel County Sun's Male Athlete of the Year.
Staff writers Pat O'Malley and Lem Satterfield contributed to this story.