Girl Says High School Teacher Had Sex With Her at School, Home
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ A 16-year-old girl testified Tuesday about a 15-month affair with a teacher in which she said they had sex in school and at his home while his wife was asleep.
A second former student, now 22, described having sex with Ronald Price in such places as the football press box, the copy machine room in the main office and the coaches’ dressing room in the gymnasium.
The 16-year-old cried as she described how the relationship with Price began with comforting words from a trusted teacher, moved on to a kiss on the forehead and quickly proceeded to sexual intercourse.
″He became my best friend. I basically abandoned all my other friends. He was the only person I cared for,″ she said.
Price, a 49-year-old social studies teacher, is on trial on charges of sexually abusing three female students at Northeast High School in Pasadena, a Baltimore suburb. He resigned shortly after he was indicted last May.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to 76 years in prison.
The case attracted national attention after Price appeared on several tabloid-style television shows, saying he suffered from a sexual illness and had sex with seven students over the last 20 years.
One of those students was his current wife, Patricia, who sat behind him in the courtroom while the girl testified about their affair.
Price initially pleaded ″not criminally responsible″ in two cases, but decided Tuesday to plead innocent to all three charges. His lawyer, Timothy Umbreit, did not explain the change.
Prosecutor William Mulford guided the girl through a review of her relationship with Price, which she said began her freshman year shortly after her 15th birthday.
One day, she said, when she was upset about breaking up with a boyfriend, Price ″asked me if I wanted someone to talk to.″
″I told him yes. He seemed really nice, really helpful,″ she said.
She said the first encounter occurred shortly thereafter in the girls dressing room of the school auditorium, when she stayed after school to help Price, who also was the drama instructor, work on sets for a show.
After that, she said, they frequently engaged in sex at school in such places as the auditorium, the dressing room, the audio visual room and his truck in the parking lot.
She said Price also had sex with her in several rooms in her house, her swimming pool and, on one occasion, in the kitchen of his home while his wife, recovering from knee surgery, was asleep.
The 22-year-old woman said she also had an affair with Price when she was a student at Northeast High. The woman, now a graduate student, said her relationship began when Price helped her cope with problems she was having at home.
She described having sexual relations with Price, usually after school, in places such as the football press box, the copy machine room in the main office and the coaches’ dressing room in the gymnasium.
″I felt I was in love with him. I thought he was in love with me. It was very intense,″ she said.
She said Price broke off the relationship during her junior year, telling her ″his feelings had changed, the relationship had run its course.″
Since his arrest in April, two other Northeast teachers have been charged in unrelated cases with sexual abuse of students.