Sunday, September 27, 2020
US flag

Severna Park band volunteer charged in sex crime

A volunteer who formerly worked at Severna Park High School in Maryland has been charged with various sex crimes in connection with his work with the marching and jazz bands at the high school in Anne Arundel County, the Capital Gazette reports.

Wilbur Jesse Hildebrand (Anne Arundel County Police)

A former female band student, who is now 18, told police during an October interview that she had engaged in a sexual relationship with Wilbur Jesse Hildebrand, 56, during her junior and senior years at the school. According to court documents, Mr Hildebrand has been charged with sex abuse of a minor, perverted practice (he allegedly solicited nude photographs from the student), fourth-degree sexual offense, and second-degree assault.

The woman said the relationship included fondling and oral sex, which occurred at her home or in Mr Hildebrand’s car on occasions when he would drive her home after school or after meetings, some of which took place at his house.

The news report cited school officials in confirming that Mr Hildebrand worked at the school as a volunteer for about four years, having passed required background checks, which last for two years each, on two separate occasions. He was never, however, an actual employee of the school district, according to Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mossier.

The age of consent in Maryland is 16, but for people who hold positions in schools or other places reasonably viewed as authoritative, the age of consent is 18.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department is looking for other potential victims, WMAR-TV (ABC affiliate) reports. Anyone with information should contact Detective Erick Patterson at (410) 222-4716, or to report the information anonymously, contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at (410) 222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

Recent posts

Exercise harder, remember more

Scientists have found that the more vigorously you exercise, the stronger the response in the brain that helps your memory.

More than Covid keeps kids home at E. Peoria

Mud & debris flooded E Peoria Comm HS this summer, so students can't return to in-person learning sooner than the end of Oct.

Schools rethink the whole idea of snow days

Why have snow days anymore if we can have 'virtual learning' days, now that we know a thing or two about how they work?

Student news roundup, Maryland, Sept. 24

State to allow sports beginning in Oct., but some districts won't go back yet; Miss Maryland Agriculture; music lessons virtually.

Grand jury indicts officer in Breonna Taylor case

A former police officer was indicted in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. But it was less than many had hoped for.

New youth forum talks virtual learning in Md.

Virtual learning thoughts from a Md. HS: It can work and keeps kids safe, but it ends up being harder (you can't just ask a teacher if you don't understand).

IL brings 1000s back to school for SAT exam

Many IL seniors went back to their school buildings today to make up the SAT exam, which they missed last spring as juniors due to the pandemic.

Baltimore City Schools to lay off 450

Layoffs are coming to Baltimore City Schools due to a budget shortfall. Some teachers and teacher's assistants are included in the layoffs.

How citizens prefer to fund environmental action

Growing demand for countries to combat climate change, less consensus on how to fund it. New study offers insight from the US, UK, Germany, France.

Student news roundup, Illinois, Sept. 21

The death of The Notorious RBG, foreign exchange student from France, live streaming plays, BLM, and (of course) remote learning.

Fewer kindergartners, more college drop-outs

The nation has experienced an increase in college drop-outs, esp. among low-income families, and an explainable decrease in kindergarten enrollment.