The first of three Howard County teachers arrested this year after being accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with students has been fired from the school system, and the superintendent has recommended termination for the other two.
Joseph Samuel Ellis, 25, a history teacher at Glenelg High School, had been on paid administrative leave from Jan. 8, when he was arrested, until March 7. A closed-door decision by the Board of Education on April 26 terminated his contract.
"His whole case with us has been completed," said school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan.
Ellis is accused of exposing himself to a student in a classroom, sending suggestive computer messages to another and persuading a third to meet him at a park with the promise of alcohol.
Ellis was indicted on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of fourth-degree sex offense, indecent exposure, display of obscene material to a minor and telephone misuse.
His trial is scheduled for Aug. 20.
The other county teachers arrested are Alan Meade Beier, 52, a chemistry and physics teacher at River Hill High School, and Kirsten Ann Kinley, 27, a special-education teacher at Marriotts Ridge High School, who also were removed from paid administrative leave in early March.
Beier and Kinley have appealed Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin's recommendation that they be fired.
"They will have a [closed-session appeal] with the school board in the near future," Caplan said.
Ellis did not appeal the recommendation, Caplan said.
Beier was arrested Jan. 12 and is accused of undressing and photographing a 16-year-old boy in his classroom. Police also have charged him with fondling a 17-year-old female student on two occasions, most recently in the fall. A third student also reported inappropriate contact with Beier.
His trial is scheduled for July 23.
Kinley was arrested Feb. 15 and is charged with having sex two years ago with a 15-year-old boy.
At the time of the alleged incidents, she worked at Hammond Middle School in North Laurel. She had never taught her accuser or worked in his school, according to the school system.
Her trial is scheduled for July 26.