Police seize 'evidence' from accused teacher's home


Anne Arundel County police revealed yesterday that the have seized what they called "documentary evidence" from the home of Ronald Walter Price, the Northeast High School teacher accused of having sex with three female students.

Sgt. Mark Howes, a county police spokesman, said yesterday that the items "are things that will help convict him in the case the state has against him, but I'm not going to elaborate." But the sergeant did say the material was not photographs.

Police officers executed a search and seizure warrant late Friday afternoon, Sgt. Howes said, enabling them to take certain material from the teacher's Brooklyn Park house.

Neither Mr. Price nor his lawyers could be reached yesterday for comment about the search or what was taken.

Mr. Price, 49, who has been a teacher at Northeast for 25 years and is under suspension, was charged last month with child sexual abuse and performing perverted sex acts with three girls since 1982. He is appealing his suspension.

The 16-year-old girl who was the first to come forward told police that her 18-month relationship with Mr. Price began when she was 14. The other cases involve girls who were 16 at the time of their involvement with Mr. Price and have since graduated from high school.

The case has taken several bizarre twists, including Mr. Price's determined efforts to seek national publicity on the television shows "Geraldo!" and "A Current Affair," and his recent request to be released from house arrest long enough to be tested for the AIDS virus.

Mr. Price, through his lawyers, has urged young women he was involved with to be tested as well. He has refused to speak directly with newspaper reporters although he has granted interviews to all three local television stations.

Mr. Price has admitted on the national television shows to "the factual basis of the criminal charges" in the case of the 16-year-old girl who was the first to come forward and that he has had sex with other students, too.

But Mr. Price has denied criminal responsibility, saying he has an illness that he does not understand.

The social studies teacher, who also was paid to coach softball and drama after school hours, also has claimed that school officials knew about his problem but ignored it.

On national television, Mr. Price said he sought psychiatric treatment in 1989 but stopped the sessions because he thought his condition had improved and because softball season had begun.

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