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Grasmick asked to probe action in sex abuse cases


The president of the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs has asked the state superintendent of schools for an independent investigation of how suspected child sexual abuse cases at Northeast High School were handled.

In a May 12 letter to Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, Carolyn Roeding, president of the council, questioned the handling of a 1989 investigation in which Northeast teacher and softball coach Ronald Walter Price was named.

Mr. Price was charged this year with child sexual abuse for having sex with three young women while they were students at Northeast.

The 25-year veteran teacher admits to having had sex with as many as seven students, including two whom he later married. He has been suspended without pay, but is appealing that decision.

In a letter to Dr. Grasmick, Mrs. Roeding questioned why school administrators did not notify the Department of Social Services in 1989, and why the Board of Education apparently took no action against Mr. Price.

The case was not pursued by police after the student, a graduate of Northeast, refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Mrs. Roeding also questioned in the letter why neither Social Services nor police were summoned in 1992, when two parents expressed concern about the apparent close relationship between Mr. Price and the 16-year-old, who in April became the first student to press charges.

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