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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Md. teacher charged with having sexual relations with students

An Anne Arundel County high school teacher has been arrested on charges that he had sexual relationships with three students, authorities said.


Jeffrey Robert Sears. (Courtesy photo - Anne Arundel police)
Jeffrey R. Sears Jr., 29, a teacher at Glen Burnie High School, was arrested Thursday and charged with counts including sexual abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense and sexual solicitation of a minor, authorities said.

Officials said Sears was removed from his teaching assignment. According to a school website, he was an English teacher.

Police said the girls were between 15 and 16-years-old at the time of the sexual contact with Sears, which authorities said occurred between November 2009 and October 2011. Sexual relations between Sears and the students occurred both on and off campus and during and after school, police said.

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education contacted the county department of social services on Nov. 1 to report the allegations, authorities said. Police said victims and witnesses were interviewed and search warrants were carried out.

Police asked any other potential victims or witnesses to contact Detective Erin Brandt of the Criminal Investigative Division at 410-222-3482.

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