Second Harford County Classroom Helper Charged With Sex Abuse

An inclusion helper at Bel Air High School was charged Friday.

UPDATE: (1:14 p.m.)—An inclusion helper at Bel Air High School was charged Friday with sex abuse of a minor after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

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This is the second case of its kind to impact Harford County Public Schools within the past month.

Anthony Leon Farris Jr., 24, of the 1000 block of Pirates Court in Edgewood, was charged Friday with sex abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense and perverted practice, according to online court records.

The charges stem from allegations Farris had a sexual relationship with 16-year-old female student, according to a release from the Bel Air Police Department. He was taken into custody Friday at the board of education headquarters in Bel Air, the release states.

Farris was released from the Harford County Detention Center Saturday after posting $50,000 bond, court records show. A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. March 21 in Harford County District Court.

The case is being investigated by Bel Air Police in conjunction with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, a unit that specializes in investigating mistreatment of children.

See Also:

  • Harford County Classroom Helper Charged With Sex Abuse
  • Harford School Employee Allegedly Admitted To Having Sex With Teen

Editor's note: The original version of the story incorrectly stated the school where Farris worked. The article has been updated to reflect the correct information.

Leonard February 27, 2013 at 05:38 PM
You are all idiots, You have validity in your point, but as long as it's students with other students above the age of 16 then legally it's ok. It doesn't matter if it's a 21 year old helper and a 17 year 11 month old sturdent it is a sex offense in the fourth degree.
Leonard February 27, 2013 at 08:39 PM
M.Mac I agree with you but the with the it must run in the family thing. Honestly that has nothing to do with anything. When You are a child and see your biological father in the news paper for being a sex offender you don't aspire to be like him. As a matter of fact it was his ambition to make that name mean something positive than live up to the legacy of Anthony Sr. I don't know what went wrong but we all will know after his day in court.
Leonard February 27, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Shari b you may be right about the Child Advocacy Group, but there is a real widespread problem in HCPS with this kind of thing, and unless someone starts somewhere it will never go away. I have 2 daughter in HCPS one will be 15 and the other 13, both with killer shapes on them. The elder of the 2 looks like a grown woman from the neck down and I pray to God no teacher comes on to her when she begins high school because I honestly don't know if I posess enough restraint to not get myself in trouble if either one of them were touched. Even if they wanted it. I have a real problem with this kind of thing with older people having sex with younger people even when they are legal to do so. A woman young enough to be my daughter is off limits to me, and I have told a few that very thing who have come on to me. I figure 16 is old enough to be a father so I draw the line there for starters.
Tre'ion Downs February 28, 2013 at 05:49 AM
it shocking and unreal first of all and these critics you can say all you want only God can judge him and personally i know A.j i ran track and played football with him there alot to the story thats untold so all the assumer stop assuming the details. I agree/ disagree yeah a perverted act is not tolerated but i feel and believe that this young lady need to be held accountable for her action too. she control her body not him. But this is the issue where was her parents if they so called having a relationship and intercourse. if parents pay attention to their kids lives and stop thinking that they can rise themselves or the SCHOOL SYSTEM can rise them it wouldn't be a issue on teachers and students relationships cause the parent is right up in their child life and know all the things that happens in their environment. stop believng society is going to pick up where the parents lack and fall short wake up this is not a perfect world. Get up off y'all A** and do your jobs.thats all I got to say!!!!!
kaylah March 02, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Aj was the never the type , the internet isnt always accurate ao for people to be just going by what they see is a shame. You all are not involved in the investigation. So for all the people blaming him an not taking into consideration that the girl has a brain of her own is really blowing me. I feel as though if you never knew aj you have no room talk comment on this because your going by what you hear and a picture. everyone speaks but not everybody listens . We dont know the whole story , therefore nobody should have anything to say . Gahhhlee


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