Tuesday, February 17, 2009

MD: School Psychologist Charged With Sex Abuse

POSTED: 9:50 am EST February 17, 2009
UPDATED: 5:56 pm EST February 17, 2009

BALTIMORE -- Police in Baltimore City and Baltimore County are looking into a reported case of sex abuse involving a 13-year-old boy and a city school psychologist.

Robert James Stoever, 54, was arrested Sunday night after a Baltimore County police officer saw him and a teen in Stoever's parked car in a church parking lot on Edmondson Avenue.

Police said Stoever initially told them he was teaching the boy how to drive. But according to charging documents, he eventually admitted to having sexual relationship with the teen.

Stoever is currently charged with a second-degree sex offense and perverted practice. On Tuesday, a judge in Baltimore County increased his bail from $50,000 to $100,000.

Stoever works as a school psychologist at Booker T. Washington Middle School, where the 13-year-old is a student. Sources told 11 News the student had been sent to Stoever for counseling.

Stoever works for an outside company that is contracted by the city school system.

According to financial records, Stoever worked as a stockbroker in Georgia until 2007,when he started working at the city middle school.

School officials sent a letter home to parents Tuesday, informing them of the case and urging them to report any similar incidents.

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