Man, 53, guilty of sex abuse, assault

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The victim's father reached over to grab his wife's hand. He closed his eyes briefly after the judge announced a guilty verdict.

Alan Meade Beier, a former Howard County teacher, was convicted yesterday in Ellicott City of two charges stemming from an incident last year in which he undressed and photographed a 16-year-old student naked in his classroom.

"It's undisputed that the defendant pulled [the victim's] pants down on two separate occasions during the photo shoot," said Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure.

Beier, 53, could face 35 years in prison for the two convictions: sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 9.

In January 2007, Beier, who taught science at River Hill High School in Clarksville, took 41 photos of the student. They were seized by police in Beier's home.

The student, who is now 18, testified that Beier asked him to come back to school about 6 p.m. to earn community service hours by helping him fix lighting on his camera and by modeling in photographs.

He said that after taking a series of clothed shots, Beier asked him to take off his sweat pants, photographing the teen in a bathing suit. As the photo shoot continued, Beier pulled down the teen's underwear and told him to "cover up" with a table tennis paddle, the teen testified.

Beier, who has posted an $85,000 bail, did not comment after the hearing. His attorney, Joshua M. Treem, also would not comment. Leasure denied the state's request to revoke Beier's bail, but has placed him on home confinement until sentencing.

Prosecutors are not commenting until after two subsequent trials involving Beier, who also is charged with fondling a 17-year-old female student on two occasions and with sexual misconduct with another male student. Both trials are scheduled for August.

"I'm very happy with the verdict," the victim's father said after the hearing.

Beier is one of three Howard County teachers arrested during the 2006-2007 school year for having sexual contact with students.

Kirsten Ann Kinley, 28, pleaded guilty in August to a third-degree sex offense for having sexual contact with a 15-year-old student at her Columbia apartment in late 2004 and early 2005. Kinley had been a county special-education teacher since 2002 and was working at Hammond Middle School in Laurel at the time of the abuse. She is serving an 18-month sentence at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup.

Joseph Samuel Ellis, 25, a former history and government teacher at Glenelg High School, was convicted in January of sex abuse of a minor, indecent exposure and telephone misuse. He also pleaded guilty to one count of displaying obscene materials to a minor, stemming from six photos he apparently sent to a 17-year-old former student in December 2006. He is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

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