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Janitor charged with sex offenses

October 13, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

WILLIAMSPORT

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A former Williamsport High School custodian has been charged with sex offenses stemming from allegations he had sex with a 15-year-old student off school property.

Jeremy Michael Williams, 24, of 14024 Village Mill Drive in Maugansville, was charged with third- and fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, court documents state.

Washington County Public Schools Public Information Officer Carol Mowen said Wednesday that Williams resigned Oct. 5, "before termination papers could be processed."

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He would have been fired had he not resigned, Mowen said.

Sheriff's Department Capt. Doug Mullendore said Williams was not charged with statutory rape, which in Maryland is second-degree rape, because the alleged victim is 15. Alleged victims must be 14 years old or younger in order for that charge to be pressed, Mullendore said.

When the girl was dropped off for work Oct. 2 at about 2:30 p.m. by her mother, Williams allegedly picked her up, took her to his apartment where they had "consensual" sex, then returned her to work at about 6:30 p.m., according to charging documents.

The girl told police "she began a friendly relationship with Jeremy Williams while at school. She also advised he would come to her place of employment and eat dinner and they would talk there," charging documents state.

Williams worked the "second shift" at the high school, according to documents.

The relationship was brought to the attention of Jet Reid at the Washington County Board of Education, who told police the girl's parents reported their daughter was having a relationship with a school custodian, according to charging documents.

Reid, according to the school board's Web site, is the coordinator of support staff staffing in the human resources department.

The girl admitted to her mother Oct. 3 that she had a relationship with the custodian, according to charging documents.

Williams was served with a criminal summons Oct. 6, but charging documents were not available at District Court until Wednesday when clerks received paperwork making the documents public record, a court clerk said.

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