Washington County Teacher Charged With Sex Abuse Of A Minor

Authorities allege he had sex with one of his students.

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Hagerstown, Md (KM) A teacher in Washington County has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a student.  Eric James Smith, 34, of Boonsboro was taken into custody in Howard County by the State of Maryland Apprehension Team. .

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation into Smith began following a complaint made to Hancock Police. The Department of Social Services had asked for a welfare check on a 17-year-old girl due to allegations she was engaged in a sexual relationship with a teacher.

An arrest warrant was issued for Smith following a joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Hancock Police, charging him with one count of sex abuse of a minor, and one count of fourth-degree sex offense by a person in authority

Smith is being held in Howard County.

Media reports say Smith had been a teacher at Hancock Middle–Senior High School.


By Kevin McManus