ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- A part-time high school coach has resigned just weeks after criminal charges against him were dropped, according to a statement issued by his attorney Steven Van Grack of Rockville.
Scott Spear, 47, had been a part-time coach at Richard Montgomery High School, and was accused of having a sexual relationship with his student. Criminal charges were dropped due to a technicality, officials said.
Spear said in a statement that despite support from colleagues,students, parents and school for him to remain on the job, Spear says itis time "to put this all behind me and move on to the next phase of mylife."
At the time charges were dropped, a news release from Anne Arundel County prosecutors stated, "At that time, the office discovered that Maryland's current law with regard to teachers and school personnel having inappropriate sexual relationships with students has a major flaw. The way the current law is written, the accused must be "a full-time, permanent employee" of the school. In this case, Mr. Spear was not a full-time employee at the school the girl attended. While he may have been her teacher when she was in middle school, he was not at the time of the allegations. The age of consent in Maryland is 16."
The Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office contacted the legislature in September regarding changing the law to include part-time employees and volunteer coaches at schools, they said.
Spear said in a statement that despite support from colleagues, students, parents and school for him to remain on the job, Spear says it is time "to put this all behind me and move on to the next phase of my life."