Wednesday, February 4, 2009

MD: Teacher sentenced in child abuse freed

How does this even remotely make sense?

Feb 3, 2009 6:30 AM

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (Map, News) - A former Howard County high school teacher sentenced last year to four years in prison for undressing a student and photographing him naked has been freed as part of a plea agreement in a related case.

Fifty-four-year-old Alan Meade Beier, who taught science at River Hill High School, pleaded guilty Monday to a second charge of sexually abusing a minor.

Beier received a 10-year sentence, but Howard County Circuit Judge Diane Leasure suspended all but the time served since he was sentenced in June in the first case. Leasure also modified the sentence in the first case to allow Beier's release.

Beier agreed not to appeal either conviction and was placed on three years supervised probation, and he must register as a child sex offender.

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