Police Arrest Former White Marsh Elementary School Teacher for Sex Offense from 40 Years ago

May 6, 2019

st marys county sheriffs officeIn September of 2018, St. Mary’s County Public Schools received information regarding possible assaults on children that occurred during the 1970’s by a former employee.

St. Mary’s County Public Schools immediately notified the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, and the Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation into the allegations.

The investigation determined Theodore Bell, 73 of Glen Burnie, was employed as a teacher at White Marsh Elementary School in Mechanicsville, from 1972-1975. At that time Bell resided in Leonardtown but later moved out of the area. At this time, it does not appear any of the crimes occurred on the premises of the school. Information developed during the investigation has led to Bell being charged with the following:

  • Sex Offense Second Degree/Underage Victim
  • Perverted Practice
  • Assault Second Degree

Due to the nature of Bell’s employment at the time, the possibility of additional victims exists. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may be a potential victim or anyone who has information on this matter to contact Detective James Bare at (301) 475-4200 extension *8118, or by email at James.Bare@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

13 Responses to Police Arrest Former White Marsh Elementary School Teacher for Sex Offense from 40 Years ago

  1. Anonymous on May 6, 2019 at 9:36 am

    40 years later…. WOW!

    • Anonymous on May 6, 2019 at 9:59 pm

      Exactly my thought! 40 years later!! Like wtf! I am just baffled sometimes by things like this..I am not saying by any means should a person get away with things like this if it occured, but damn you went 40 years of your life..why now!?!?

  2. Anonymous on May 6, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Sounds like a bunch of BS to me. Is there not a statute of limitations? St.Mary’s has been known for charging people on complete BS. Why would the victim just now report this? What a load of crap. Any good lawyer could handle this.

    • Don't Be So Quick to Judge on May 6, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Could be possible that the abuse was talked about in a therapy session. If so, the therapist would be a mandated reporter of child abuse, even years later. You never know…there are plenty of people that hide these things for years. After years of struggling with it, usually masked with drugs, alcohol or mental disorders, they get tired of hiding and come out with their truth. I am not saying this man is guilty, but also not ready to call a possible victim a liar. This is the exact reason so many victims stay quiet.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 6:22 am

      Name one complete BS charge. Please cite a source, not just something you heard. Thanks.

  3. Lettuce Pray on May 6, 2019 at 11:52 am

    “Perverted Practice”… ha

  4. The Media on May 6, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    St Mary’s? Ha!! St’ Mary’s prosecuted a young man at the word of two accusers that finally admitted they were lying. After countless expenditures the parents were not allowed, by a “Judge” to recover damages and the prosecuting attorney ran for office. Oh my! What a trip.

    • Ltowntaxpayer on May 7, 2019 at 6:03 am

      I remember that happening in Charles County fairly recently. The teacher was from H. G. Lackey High School. I don’t remember that happening in St. Mary’s County.

    • Ben Matlock on May 8, 2019 at 6:24 am

      So you are saying that victim’s shouldn’t be believed because a couple of people lied? I got news for you, people lie all the time. So how do the police/prosecutors know who is lying? Magic ball?

  5. Anonymous on May 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    There’s no limit in Maryland for sexual assault

    • an honest person on May 7, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      their should be

      • Anonymous on May 7, 2019 at 5:54 pm

        No there shouldn’t

      • Ben Matlock on May 8, 2019 at 6:25 am

        So by your logic, if someone sexually abused your 10 year old daughter and she didn’t make it known for 20 years, the guy should be able to get away with it? Please don’t reproduce.