ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ)– A Montgomery County teacher faces several charges.

Gigi Barnett reports he is accused of sexually assaulting one of his students.

Scott Spear, 47, coaches the girls’ track team at Richard Montgomery High School.

On Thursday, police arrested and charged him with fourth-degree sex offense against one of his students– a 16-year-old girl.

“If she had been younger, like 14 or 15 years of age, it would have been bumped up to a third-degree sex offense,” an officer with the Montgomery County Police Department said.

Last month, police say the county’s Family Crimes Unit received an anonymous tip that a 16-year-old student at the school had engaged in sexual intercourse with Spear.

The tipster told detectives that the abuse may have occurred back in April or May, when Spear allegedly contacted the student and took her to a house in Rockville where he assaulted her twice.

Reaction at the school is mixed.

“I don’t really want to believe all of the gossip that’s going around before it’s proven,” Samantha Brown, a Richard Montgomery High student, said.

“I am actually shocked. He was actually my teacher in the eighth-grade. I didn’t expect this to happen,” said another.

Police say Spear was the student’s track coach at Montgomery High School and was also one of her eighth-grade middle school teachers.

“I don’t think he did it.”

Brian Stetter says Spear was his eighth-grade history teacher at Julius West Middle School.

“He just doesn’t strike me as that kind of guy,” he said.

Spear has been in the school system for 24 years.

Comments (5)
  1. teacher says:

    The individual described in the story was not the track coach, he’s the cross country coach. Track and Field is a completely different sport / team. The school’s website has the correct information on the track coaches. The individual referenced in the story has been removed on the website where he was listed as the cross country coach. I am sure that the ACTUAL track coaches would appreciate your correcting this.

  2. Scott says:

    What ever he taught or coached, if that was my kid he was touching, he would become a missing person.

  3. HB says:

    Everyone is quick to assume he’s guilty. For one, he’s been working in the school system for 20+ years and this is his only offense? The girl is 16, if he disengage in sex with her, she was old enough to know what she was doing. I personally feel what it comes down to, she wanted to do something where the sport is concerned and he didn’t let her have her way, therefor she decided to punish him with flash accusations.

  4. Frankie Russo says:

    The girl is underage. He’s a grown man. He should know better.

  5. Koatz says:

    Some men can’t keep their hands out of the cookie jar, so o speak. The reason he was caught is simple: the girl told a friend who in turn gossiped to someone who dropped the anonymous tip.

    I could care less how many years he has been with school system. The fact is, he probably has engaged in this type of criminality on numerous occasions. This is the first time he was caught.

    He should be sentenced to probation and have his teaching license revoked. Also, he’ll be put on a sex-offender list which is more than enough punishment.

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