Volunteer coach in Montgomery accused of sex abuse involving boy

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 30, 2010

A 24-year-old woman who was a volunteer assistant coach of the boys' basketball team at a Montgomery County high school was arrested Friday in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with a male student, county police said.

Police said Jennifer M. Glad of Ferry Landing Circle in Germantown was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of a third-degree sexual offense. She volunteered at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, authorities said.

Police said the student was 15 years old, but he was not identified further. Police would not say whether he was a member of an athletic team at Seneca Valley.

The boy's parents contacted school officials after they began to suspect that he was having sexual relations with an adult volunteer, said police, who were contacted by the school and on Jan. 26 began an investigation. The investigation found that there was a sexual relationship involving the volunteer and the student, police said.

Encounters took place in December "in the volunteer's car away from school property," police said.

Dana Tofig, a school system spokesman, said Friday night that Glad's connection with the school has been severed.

As is done routinely, Glad had been screened, the spokesman said. The background check included obtaining a copy of her fingerprints, he said.

According to the spokesman, information about the matter was sent to students' homes.

Neither Glad nor relatives could be reached by telephone Friday night.

Little information about Glad could be learned immediately, but from public records it appeared that she had been a student at the University of Maryland at College Park within the past few years.

Although she was described by a police spokesman as an assistant boys' varsity basketball coach, the precise nature of her responsibilities could not be learned immediately.

The president of the school's Parent Teacher Student Association said that she was disconcerted by the allegations but thought that the school's principal handled the matter well.

Stace Bennett, the PTSA head, said it was important that students understand that "situations such as this are handled quickly, judiciously and discreetly."

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