English teacher charged with prostitution in Howard County
Authorities charged a 49-yearold Howard County high school teacher with prostitution after police said he offered an officer — who he thought was a 16-yearold boy he’d met chatting online — $40 to perform sexual acts.
The teacher, Richard David Kemp, was arrested Thursday at a restaurant in Olney, where Montgomery County authorities said he was waiting for the fictional boy. Kemp was also charged with sexual solicitation of a minor.
Howard County schools spokesman said a long-term substitute teacher will be taking over Kemp’s English classes at Glenelg High School “until further notice.” Kemp has been employed with the school system since 2005, the spokesman said.
Police said Kemp, of New Market, began chatting on Grindr, a social-media network, with a police officer he believed was a teen boy.
From Sept. 30 to Oct. 8, the pair messaged and planned meetings, where the “teen” would perform sexual acts in exchange for money, said Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a spokeswoman for Montgomery County police. For the first meeting, Kemp, who told the undercover officer he was a teacher, offered $40, police said. For a second meeting, where the pair planned to spend the day together, Kemp allegedly offered $200, Innocenti said.
Innocenti said Kemp knew the person he was chatting with was purported to be 16 and, according to charging documents, the teacher said he’d had sex with teenagers before.
Kemp was arrested at the Thursday meeting by investigators. He was later released on bond and is not allowed to have contact with children, except for his own, charging documents said.