Glen Burnie Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Students Out Of Prison On Bail
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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ)– An Anne Arundel County teacher accused of sexually abusing students is free Friday.
Weijia Jiang has new details on the allegations and reaction from the school.
The charging documents paint a chilling picture of a man police say acted like a predator prowling from young girl to young girl. An accused predator who is now out on bail.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Sears, Jr. posted a $150,000 bail Friday, reduced from the original $3 million, on charges that have shaken the Glen Burnie High School community.
“Angry, disgusted. Really don’t want her to be here,” one parent of a female Glen Burnie High student said.
“I think it’s gross,” Dawn Witt, a parent of a Glen Burnie High School student, said. “Really gross.”
Sears, an English teacher and basketball coach, is accused of abusing at least three female students between the ages of 15 and 16 years old. Just-released charging documents reveal one 16-year-old said she performed oral sex on Sears in his classroom, they exchanged naked photos via text and he sent her a video of him masturbating.
“It’s unbelievable,” Jamie Morgan, a Glen Burnie High School student said. “I wouldn’t think that they would just do that in a classroom and not get caught by somebody. There are so many people in the school.”
Another victim told police, when she was a freshman and a manager for the basketball team, Sears took her behind a stairwell at school to touch her with his fingers. She said: “I guess he was getting so much pleasure from it, he was getting really vicious with it and he started to make me bleed.”
“I think it’s appalling,” Witt said. “It makes me scared for them (her children) going there.”
As late as October of this year, one victim says she also performed fellatio on Sears in his classroom and had sex with him twice in his car in an alley behind her house. They also had sex in his bedroom on the 400 block of Luther Rd.
“This is a time for Glen Burnie High School to heal and to move forward and to be concerned about our students, and certainly, the victims in this situation,” Vicki Plitt, principal of Glen Burnie High School, said.
A spokesman for the Board of Education says Sears will have a disciplinary hearing. The superintendent will then recommend he be suspended without pay, but for now, he is getting a check.
Sears faces a long list of charges including various sex offenses and perverted practice.