73-Year-Old Man Accused of Abusing Maryland Elementary Students in the '70s

A 73-year-old man from Glen Burnie, Maryland, who once taught at an elementary school was arrested in connection to child sexual offenses that happened more than 40 years ago, authorities say.

Theodore Bell taught at White Marsh Elementary school in Mechanicsville from 1972 to 1975, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

In September, St. Mary's County Public Schools received information about possible assaults on children that happened in the '70s, the sheriff's office said.

Bell was charged with second-degree sex offense involving an underage victim, perverted practice and second-degree assault.

At the time of the offenses, Bell lived in Leonardtown. Authorities don't believe that any of the alleged incidents happened at the school.

Deputies said it's possible that there are more victims. They are asking anyone who may be a potential victim or who has information to call Detective James Bare at (301) 475-4200 extension *8118, or by email at

The public can also call Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).

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