Second Harford County Classroom Helper Charged With Sex Abuse

An inclusion helper at Bel Air High School was charged Friday.

UPDATE: (1:14 p.m.)—An inclusion helper at Bel Air High School was charged Friday with sex abuse of a minor after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

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This is the second case of its kind to impact Harford County Public Schools within the past month.

Anthony Leon Farris Jr., 24, of the 1000 block of Pirates Court in Edgewood, was charged Friday with sex abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense and perverted practice, according to online court records.

The charges stem from allegations Farris had a sexual relationship with 16-year-old female student, according to a release from the Bel Air Police Department. He was taken into custody Friday at the board of education headquarters in Bel Air, the release states.

Farris was released from the Harford County Detention Center Saturday after posting $50,000 bond, court records show. A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. March 21 in Harford County District Court.

The case is being investigated by Bel Air Police in conjunction with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, a unit that specializes in investigating mistreatment of children.

See Also:

  • Harford County Classroom Helper Charged With Sex Abuse
  • Harford School Employee Allegedly Admitted To Having Sex With Teen

Editor's note: The original version of the story incorrectly stated the school where Farris worked. The article has been updated to reflect the correct information.

Oksana Merryman February 25, 2013 at 06:35 PM
These kids who are asked to participate in such an act, I wonder why they even go for it? Plus, the teachers or helpers need to leave the little kids alone. Or else consequences will follow your butt.
SKB February 25, 2013 at 07:16 PM
shari b February 25, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Hccac are sex stomping nuts. Everybody is a rapist to them. They destroy lives before facts are known. I have seen 15yr old girls more streetwise than 25yr old. They lie about thier age
dmw February 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM
SMH and I knew this guy from working at BAHS....
Meg February 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM
They keep blaming the teachers but these "kids" know what they are doing too
Penelope Patch February 26, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Child predators know who to target -- the kids tend to be loners, troubled, having family problems (but not always). It should never be thought of something the child should not have participated in, because child molesters are very good at what they do. They usually are in positions that put them very close to children (e.g. schools, camp, sports). They gain the trust and admiration of the children and over time, these people "groom" their victim, by successively building their trust and an sense of closeness, until one day it goes over the edge. Statistics indicate that children who were victimized in the past are more likely to be victimized again. They often do not tell anyone because of shame, guilt, or because they may have been threatened or their families threatened if the child says anything. Older children are still children and not mature enough emotionally to give their consent. They need to throw the book at this man. He needs treatment and even then, he may get out and do it again. It is very difficult to treat people who are sexually attracted to children. Disgusting.
MaR February 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Is HCPS not checking people's backgrounds thoroughly enough?! This is just such a sad state of things....the hard part it that even though these adult should "know" better, kids today have been so overly "sexually influenced" by the media, that they are all on overdrive sexually.
Wayne Earl Jones February 26, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Kids are more horny these days, must be the hormones in the milk.
Lynda Mayfield February 26, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I am currently an Inclusion Helper our backgrounds are checked. However that doesnt mean someone out there that doesnt have a sketchy past cant decide to do this. Background checks cover past situations not new ones that may occur
Leonard February 26, 2013 at 05:43 PM
MaR I have to respectfully disagree with your statement of HCPS. This young man had a spotless record other than some traffic violations before all of this.
Wayne Earl Jones February 26, 2013 at 06:03 PM
The way a lot of 16 year old girls look these days I don't think the sexually attracted to children thing holds water. These girls are fully developed.
Wayne Earl Jones February 26, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I thought 16 was the age of consent in Maryland? What is this guys really guilty of?
Citizen one February 26, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Lack of integrity and respect for the instructor-pupil relationship is an understatement. He had neither, but it was his responsibility to have maintained that. People have no self-restraint and feel that anything put before them is theirs for the taking. Even if the teen had flaunted herself, it is his responsibility to hold it together. Degradation of human character is the overall picture in all of these offenses reported.
Jen February 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM
if they are in high school you can pretty much assume they are underage...
cindy sanders February 26, 2013 at 08:41 PM
He was my son's helper and my son said he can't belive he would do something like this.smh
Leonard February 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Wayne, It is but when you are employed by the school system it is a crime that is the 4th degree sex offense.
M. Mac February 26, 2013 at 10:56 PM
The teacher is an unrestrained pervert. It must run in the family. Anthony Farris Sr-age 47years- is a registered sex offender (look this up on the sexual offender registry). Although some may say that we cannot hold the crimes of the father on the son, it is apparent that this should have been an issue addressed during the background check. I continue to be baffled regarding adult attraction to children. I don't care how packaged the kids may appear, children are off limits to adults...PERIOD.What has become of morals and boundaries. This world is fading fast. How scary and dreadful.
shari b February 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
not referring to the above school incident, i would like to express my views in general about this child advocacy center of hc. sometimes they seem to be on a sex witch hunt in general. every victim is a victim, and every rapist is a rapist. there is no in between. all a person has to say is "he (she) made me do it." and that's it. one simple sentence and they don the white hat and throw a rope around a tree. they NEVER discount the fact that the "victim" could be lying- ever. a young person does not understand that even to utter a simple sentence can destroy another for life, and if they ever do- its too late. are the "victims" fully interviewed or even polygraphed to see if this is really true. while i know there are true victims who are horribly hurt and raped and destroyed and their rapist needs to have the book thrown at them, more often than not it is consensuel between two people- no matter what the age. if you say yes- then it is yes. you can also say NO.
CraigS February 27, 2013 at 01:03 AM
BOBCAT NATION!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=WOlrfQoBJKk&NR=1
Penelope Patch February 27, 2013 at 05:25 AM
Wayne Earl Jones, Your comment wreaks of blaming the victim. It shouldn't matter what someone looks like -- including a 16 year old girl. That is a different discussion about permissive values in dress. At that age, she is still a child and it doesn't matter. It is up to the adults that are entrusted with the care of our children to do the right thing, set high standards, and model good behavior. I hate the "blame the victim" banter. Utterly ridiculous.
Wayne Earl Jones February 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM
I'm sure this young lady received just as much enjoyment from her encounters as the boy from North Harford did receivng fellatio in the Walmart parking lot. There is a very differnet flavor to the comments when you compare the write up on the two incidents. At 16 you are fully aware of what you are doing.
DeB February 27, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Keep in mind that in Maryland 16 is the legal age of consent.
DeB February 27, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Meg, I agree to an extent. The teachers/helpers/etc should KNOW better and hold themselves to a higher standard. But I know what you mean about "kids" knowing, or at least thinking they know. I comment from the perspective of having been a teenage girl several decades ago. And the hyper-sexualization of society is worse now than it ever was.
You are all idiots February 27, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Kids in high school are having sex anyway, what does it matter if they are having sex with one of their peers or a 24 year old black man? Sex is sex. I'm sure there is more to this story, like how she probably consented, initiated contact, etc.. yes, I am blaming the victim because sometimes the victim needs to be blamed. She knew what she was doing and she knew the consequences that could effect the male helper. Is the helper wrong also? Yes. My point is; she would be having sex either way and she knew what she was doing was wrong.
Leonard February 27, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I fail to see why people continue to hold the school responsible for a background check! The young man had nothing in his background to suggest he would do anything of this nature. The school system did not fail in any capacity and took promt action when allegations were brought to light. Yes his biological father is a sex offender, but he had next to nothing to do with his upbringing
Leonard February 27, 2013 at 05:38 PM
You are all idiots, You have validity in your point, but as long as it's students with other students above the age of 16 then legally it's ok. It doesn't matter if it's a 21 year old helper and a 17 year 11 month old sturdent it is a sex offense in the fourth degree.
Leonard February 27, 2013 at 08:39 PM
M.Mac I agree with you but the with the it must run in the family thing. Honestly that has nothing to do with anything. When You are a child and see your biological father in the news paper for being a sex offender you don't aspire to be like him. As a matter of fact it was his ambition to make that name mean something positive than live up to the legacy of Anthony Sr. I don't know what went wrong but we all will know after his day in court.
Leonard February 27, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Shari b you may be right about the Child Advocacy Group, but there is a real widespread problem in HCPS with this kind of thing, and unless someone starts somewhere it will never go away. I have 2 daughter in HCPS one will be 15 and the other 13, both with killer shapes on them. The elder of the 2 looks like a grown woman from the neck down and I pray to God no teacher comes on to her when she begins high school because I honestly don't know if I posess enough restraint to not get myself in trouble if either one of them were touched. Even if they wanted it. I have a real problem with this kind of thing with older people having sex with younger people even when they are legal to do so. A woman young enough to be my daughter is off limits to me, and I have told a few that very thing who have come on to me. I figure 16 is old enough to be a father so I draw the line there for starters.
Tre'ion Downs February 28, 2013 at 05:49 AM
it shocking and unreal first of all and these critics you can say all you want only God can judge him and personally i know A.j i ran track and played football with him there alot to the story thats untold so all the assumer stop assuming the details. I agree/ disagree yeah a perverted act is not tolerated but i feel and believe that this young lady need to be held accountable for her action too. she control her body not him. But this is the issue where was her parents if they so called having a relationship and intercourse. if parents pay attention to their kids lives and stop thinking that they can rise themselves or the SCHOOL SYSTEM can rise them it wouldn't be a issue on teachers and students relationships cause the parent is right up in their child life and know all the things that happens in their environment. stop believng society is going to pick up where the parents lack and fall short wake up this is not a perfect world. Get up off y'all A** and do your jobs.thats all I got to say!!!!!
kaylah March 02, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Aj was the never the type , the internet isnt always accurate ao for people to be just going by what they see is a shame. You all are not involved in the investigation. So for all the people blaming him an not taking into consideration that the girl has a brain of her own is really blowing me. I feel as though if you never knew aj you have no room talk comment on this because your going by what you hear and a picture. everyone speaks but not everybody listens . We dont know the whole story , therefore nobody should have anything to say . Gahhhlee


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