Teacher charged in sex abuse case

A Montgomery County middle school teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual abuse in a case involving three female students.

Two 11-year-old girls told detectives that Benjamin Robert Cano, a teacher at A. Mario ­Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts, touched them inappropriately during school hours in the past academic year, police said.

A school administrator received a report May 16 that Cano had interacted inappropriately with two students, according to schools spokesman Dana Tofig.

The school immediately suspended Cano and contacted police the next day, Tofig said.

Police said they met with the two girls, who told detectives that Cano had also touched a third child.

Cano, 33, of Edgewater, was charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of third-degree sex ­offenses. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Cano has worked at the middle school for two years, Tofig said.

— Julie Zauzmer

Man, 45, dies
after shooting in NE

A 45-year-old man who was shot in Northeast Washington on Tuesday night has died, police said.

The victim was identified as Lawrence D. Phillips, who lived in Southeast Washington.

Police said friends took Phillips from the scene of the shooting in the 400 block of 18th Street NE to a nearby hospital. He died Wednesday morning.

— Julie Zauzmer