For­mer OLMC teacher sen­tenced

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

Robert An­thony Bon­ner, 38, of Mid­dle River was sen­tenced last week in the Cir­cuit Court for Bal­ti­more County for Sec­ond De­gree As­sault and Fourth De­gree Sex­ual Of­fense for his ac­tiv­i­ties while a coach and

teacher at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Es­sex.

In Jan­uary, Bon­ner turned him­self in fol­low­ing a war­rant is­sued for his ar­rest af­ter Bal­ti­more County law en­force­ment of­fi­cials charged him with sex abuse of a mi­nor, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, and two counts of fourth-de­gree sex of­fense.

Bon­ner had pre­vi­ously plead guilty to the of­fenses. Bon­ner had en­gaged in ac­tiv­ity with a sev­en­teen year old fe­male stu­dent at the school. He had told the stu­dent that he wanted a closer re­la­tion­ship with her and he then in­ap­pro­pri­ately touched the stu­dent while at the school.

“At least one of them hap­pened in­side his of­fice, an­other one hap­pened in­side the gym area,” said Of­fi­cer Jen­nifer Peach of the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Depart­ment when the charges were an­nounced back in Jan­uary. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel sus­pended Bon­ner the day the war­rant was is­sued.

Judge Alexan­der of the Cir­cuit Court for Bal­ti­more County with the re­quest of the State sen­tenced Bon­ner to a five year sus­pended sen­tence and placed Bon­ner on five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion. Bon­ner was or­dered to reg­is­ter as a Sex­ual Of­fender. He is to have no con­tact with the vic­tim in the case and to have no un­su­per­vised con­tact with any mi­nor.

Ac­cord­ing to the school, Bon­ner served as a part-time as­sis­tant ath­letic di­rec­tor and a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher for the ele­men­tary and high school stu­dents from 2001 to 2017. He had pre­vi­ously coached the women’s soc­cer team from 1992 to 1998 and the women’s bas­ket­ball team from 1992 to 1999. From 2011-13 he coached mid­dle school boys’ bas­ket­ball and baseball and from 2012-15 he coached women’s soc­cer and women’s bas­ket­ball. He acted as a busi­ness teacher from 1992 to 1999.

ROBERT AN­THONY BON­NER

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