Howard County police have charged a Mt. Hebron High School teacher with sexually abusing a 15-year-old female student over a period of approximately four months. Matthew Barth, 44, of Michaels Way in Ellicott City, was arrested today in North Carolina without incident. He has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor and a third-degree sex offense.

Police were notified May 2 of the suspected sexual abuse by a friend of the victim. Through investigation, detectives believe the incidents occurred on multiple occasions inside the school.

Investigators reviewed electronic records that appear to indicate there was sexual contact between Barth and the victim.

Detectives are asking for any additional victims or anyone who may have information to come forward by contacting police at 410-313-STOP or

Barth has been a teacher at the school since 2003. He is in custody in North Carolina and awaiting an extradition hearing.


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