BELTSVILLE ‚ÄďPrince George‚Äôs County Police arrested and charged a special education teacher and head football coach at High Point High School Wednesday for sexually abusing a 17-year-old student last September.
According to charging documents, on May 21 a tenth-grade student at High Point told school officials she had a sexual relationship with 32-year-old Andre Leonard Brown during Homecoming week. The student was 17 at the time of the incident, but has since turned 18. Brown faces one charge of sexual abuse of a minor and has been placed on administrative leave.
‚ÄúWhen allegations of misconduct arise, the school system's procedure is to remove the employee from their current position during the investigation,‚ÄĚ said Max Pugh, spokesman for Prince George's County Public Schools.
Police say they interviewed the student and she told them Brown asked her to join him in the boys‚Äô locker room. After the couple entered the locker room they began kissing, the student told police, and then proceeded to have sex on top of a desk.
On Thursday, police arrested Brown. According to charging documents Brown agreed to be interviewed and told police he performed oral sex on the student and provided a written statement admitting his role in sexual abuse.
Brown played football at High Point and graduated from the school in the late 90s. He coached the last two seasons at his alma mater but is no longer the head coach after compiling a 4-16 record.
Brown was arrested in 2012 for resisting arrest, but the State‚Äôs Attorney‚Äôs Office decided not to press charges. Brown also has pending charges in two separate cases for driving on a suspended license‚ÄĒone in February and one last November.
Brown has also had other cases dropped for charges of driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol.
On Friday the Prince George‚Äôs County District Court set Brown‚Äôs bail for $250,000 and he remains in custody at the Department of Corrections. A preliminary hearing is set for June 16.
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