A former Bel Air High School staff member pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of fourth-degree sex abuse in connection with his relationship with a 16-year-old student, with sentencing scheduled for November.
Anthony Leon Farris Jr., 24, of the 1000 block of Pirates Court in Edgewood was charged with the sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of fourth degree sex offense, and perverted practice for allegedly having sex with a then-16-year-old female student in his office at the school on several occasions between September and December, according to charging documents filed in February.
According to court documents, Farris plead guilty to the two counts of sex abuse and agreed to a court-ordered “Psycho Sexual evaluation.” Sentencing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.
Farris was arrested at Harford County Public Schools’ central office on Feb. 22 following an investigation by the Bel Air Police Department, the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, and the school systems’ internal investigators, according to HCPS spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld.
Kranefeld said Farris was “no longer an employee of Harford County Public Schools” as of Feb. 22. She said he had been on administrative leave since Jan. 25 pending the results of an internal investigation.
Farris was hired in August 2010 as an inclusion helper, a position which “supports the classroom teacher by providing support to students during instruction, prepares instructional materials for students under the direction of the teacher, and charts data on student progress,” Kranefeld said. He also served as the head coach of the Joppatowne track and field team, and an assistant coach of that school’s football team; Kranefeld could not immediately specify the dates during which he served in those roles.
Farris has been cited for several traffic offenses in the last few years, according to online court documents. Sentencing for two of those incidents, including one in November when he was pulled over for speeding and was found to be driving on a suspended license, and a similar encounter in January, is scheduled to take place simultaneously.