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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/19/2010

Former Frederick teacher denies abusing student

By Washington Post editors

The lawyer for a former Frederick kindergarten teacher says his client is innocent of charges he sexually abused a student last school year.

Attorney Thomas Pavlinic said Thursday that 31-year-old Matthew Berresford, of East Berlin, Pa., steadfastly denies the allegations.

Assistant Frederick County State’s Attorney Tammy Leache says Berresford was accused of molesting a 5-year-old boy.

Frederick County Public Schools spokeswoman Marita Loose says Berresford took a paid leave of absence from North Frederick Elementary School in July after the student’s parents reported inappropriate behavior.

She says his employment ended Dec. 21 as the result of an internal investigation.

-- The Frederick News-Post

By Washington Post editors  | March 19, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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