Police: Teacher Sent Inappropriate Emails to Student

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013  |  Updated 8:42 PM EDT
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Police: Teacher Sent Inappropriate Emails to Student

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A teacher at a Montgomery County high school is facing a sexual abuse charge following allegations he exchanged inappropriate emails with a student, authorities announced Thursday.

Police say Richard Brian Shemer, 50, and the victim developed a close relationship during the 2012-2013 school year at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington. Recently, the victim stopped by Shemer's classroom and the two allegedly had a conversation about sex that continued via email outside the school.

The victim's parents saw the emails and called police.

Shemer was arrested Wednesday at his home in Potomac, Md., and charged with one count of sex abuse of minor. He is being held on a $125,000 bond.

Shemer is a social studies teacher at the school, according to the high school's website. He has been an MCPS employee since Aug. 21, 2002, and has also taught at Cabin John Middle School and Rockville High School. He has been fulltime at Einstein since August 2011.

MCPS placed Shermer on administrative leave as soon as it learned of the allegations. The school district will conduct its investigation after police complete theirs.

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