Administrative judge faces 2nd abuse charge


A state administrative law judge accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old foster child beginning in 1987 was indicted last week on charges of molesting a second youth in the early 1980s.

Marvin Lee Teal, 44, of Ellicott City was indicted by a Howard County grand jury Thursday on seven counts alleging that he sexually abused a teen-age boy between 1980 and 1985, court records say.

Mr. Teal is charged with two counts each of child abuse and perverted sexual practices, and one count each of assault, battery and a fourth-degree sexual offense.

In April, Mr. Teal was charged with multiple counts of child abuse, perverted sexual offenses, assault, battery and sexual offenses.

Mr. Teal declined to comment on the indictment. His attorney, R. David Pembroke of Hagerstown, could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Teal has been released after posting $25,000 bond. His case is scheduled for a pretrial hearing in Howard Circuit Court on July 28.

Cpl. Kevin Costello, a county police spokesman, said the second youth went to the police station after reading news reports of Mr. Teal's arrest in April.

He "walked into the front lobby and asked to speak to an investigator," Corporal Costello said.

Mr. Teal is accused of fondling the youth and attempting to perform a sex act with him. The records do not say when the alleged incident happened.

Corporal Costello said the youth told police that the incident occurred while Mr. Teal served as his Big Brother in the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America Inc. program.

Now 25 and living in Ellicott City, he was between 12 and 17 at the time, according to court papers.

In the first case, the youth told police that he was molested about 30 times, according to court documents. He said the incidents started when his father introduced him to Mr. Teal in 1987.

Records show that the youth had been in several foster homes under the supervision of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.

Mr. Teal had temporary custody of him for three weeks before the alleged incidents were reported.

Mr. Teal has been a judge with the state Office of Administrative Hearings, which handles administrative hearings for 26 state agencies, since 1990.

Mr. Teal is handling administrative duties, but not hearing cases, pending the outcome of his Circuit Court case, said James Klair, deputy chief administrative judge.

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