Two Baltimore Catholic School Teachers Suspended
By Derek Valcourt
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has confirmed that two Catholic school teachers have been accused of sexually abusing a male student during the early- to mid- 1990s.
The alleged abuse occurred at the former Our Lady of Pompeii High School in Highlandtown, diocese officials said Wednesday, and the allegations surfaced Feb. 9 during a meeting between the former student and the archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection. The school closed in 2001 because of declining enrollment.
The teachers, Thom Kuhl, 57, and Eric Price, 35, deny the accusations. They have been suspended from their duties pending investigation.
Kuhl, who received his ordination in 1988, is a deacon at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Highlandtown and a religion teacher at Towson Catholic High School. He taught at Our Lady of Pompeii from 1985 to 2000. Price teaches at Archbishop Borders School in Highlandtown. He held nonteaching jobs at Our Lady of Pompeii High School from 1995 to 1999. He began his teaching career at the elementary school there in 2001.
The former student said he was abused over a two-year period while he attended Our Lady of Pompeii High School during the early to mid-1990s, archdiocesan spokesman Sean T. Caine said.
The archdiocese alerted the city state's attorney's office and Baltimore police within 24 hours of receiving the allegations.
WJZ's Derek Valcourt spoke to parents of students at the school, who say they are relieved proper action has been taken. "We were notified properly and they got rid of him so I'm happy," said Barbara Figueiredo.
Church officials have offered counseling to the former student and the two teachers. They've also sent letters to parishioners at Our Lady of Pompeii Church and parents of students at Archbishop Borders and Towson Catholic, said Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman with the state's attorney's office.
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