English teacher charged with pros­ti­tu­tion in Howard County

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - BY VIC­TO­RIA ST. MARTIN vic­to­ria.stmartin@wash­post.com

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.

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