CRISFIELD, Md. (WJZ) — Police arrested a school nurse at Crisfield High School on the Eastern Shore and charged her with multiple sex offense for sexually abusing four students. According to charging documents, 33-year-old Samantha Marsh confessed to sexual encounters with three of the students. Police said they all happened off of school grounds.
Maryland State Police arrested Marsh at the Princess Anne Barrack earlier this week. She’s currently in jail and is scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday morning.
Her husband said Marsh has several young children and the arrest came as a shock.
“I know she did wrong. I know that. But she’s not a bad person,” he said.
According to charging documents, the victims were all 17-year-old students. They told police Marsh communicated with them on social media, primarily Snapchat.
They said she would meet them at various places in Crisfield and perform sexual acts in her van. She told one of the victims not to tell anyone.
In one case, police say Marsh took a student to her home and had sex with him in her vehicle while parked in the driveway.
Several of the students were reluctant to come forward. One only did so at the insistence of his mother.
Crisfield High School representatives would not speak on camera but said Marsh was on administrative leave before her arrest.
They said they consider the case a serious personnel matter.
All of the incidents happened between March 2018 and January 2019.
One of the victims told police Marsh informed him her husband was out of town in January and tried to arrange another sexual encounter with him two weeks ago.
“It’s hard to believe that the school system can’t keep your kids protected while they’re in school,” Crisfield resident Brian Somers said. “I have a daughter of my own, and I know if something like that were to happen, I’d be very angry.”
Many were stunned at that kind of conduct involving multiple victims in such a small, tight-knit community.
“Practically everyone knows everybody else or their families. It’s just unbelievable,“ said longtime Crisfield resident Richard Stenner. “To realize their staff has been doing something like this is unthinkable.”
State Police were unsure whether Marsh worked at any other schools but encouraged anyone with more information to call them at the Princess Anne Barrack at 443-260-3700.