A world studies teacher at Martin Luther King Junior High School in Germantown has been charged with two counts of child abuse for allegedly sexually molesting two 15-year-old girls at his home, according to police.

James Carlton Mullinix, 39, of Woodfield was arrested Tuesday at the school. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison on each charge.

Mullinix, who has taught in Montgomery County schools for 15 years, was released without bond, Montgomery County police spokesman Phil Caswell said.

According to a statement of charges filed with the District Court in Gaithersburg, Mullinix, who has taught at King Junior High for five years, drove the two girls to his house on Oct. 18 and gave them beer to drink on the way.

At his house, the statement says, he took them into the recreation room where he gave them another beer and some whiskey and soda, then showed a pornographic movie.

After playing a stripping game with the girls, the statement alleges, Mullinix lay on the floor with the girls and fondled them and molested them.

Later, he drove the girls back home, according to the statement. The statement also said the mothers of both girls, who do not attend King Junior High, knew he had taken them out for the evening.

Harry Geehreng, a Montgomery County Police spokesman, said the case was still under investigation.

Bill Henry, a spokesman for the county schools, said a teacher has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal school investigation. But Henry said school policy prevented him from releasing any details, including the teacher's name, and from saying whether the teacher under investigation is Mullinix.