- The Washington Times - Monday, May 7, 2007

Police are looking for a member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education who remains at large after officials issued a warrant for his arrest and charged him with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male student he taught.

Nathaniel B. Thomas, who was elected to the board in November, did not turn himself in to authorities yesterday as expected. Police issued an arrest warrant Friday and went to his home, workplace and grandmother’s house to find the 26-year-old board member, but came up empty-handed.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Mr. Thomas is charged with third-degree sex offense after the youth, now 17, told police last week about purported sexual encounters with Mr. Thomas at the board member’s home. Mr. Thomas was then his teacher at Forestville Military Academy.

The school board was already investigating Mr. Thomas for purportedly bringing an 18-year-old county student with him to a conference in SanFrancisco last month.

The youth’s parents called school officials April 12 when they realized he was missing, and school board members quickly located the student in San Francisco and escorted him home the next day.

A source close to the investigation said the 17-year-old boy came forward when he learned of the first investigation.

Authorities have not charged Mr. Thomas with any crime for that trip, but the board has banned him from entering county schools or attending school functions where students might be present, pending the outcome of the investigation. He is still allowed to attend board meetings.

The spokesman for the schools said in a statement the board expected to take action against Mr. Thomas soon after receiving a report tomorrow on the investigation into his trip to San Francisco. The board lacks authority to remove Mr. Thomas from his position, but can petition the State Board of Education to do so.

The school system has offered the 17-year-old student counseling, spokesman John White said.

Mr. Thomas, a Suitland High School graduate, taught social studies at Drew Freeman Middle School from 2002 to 2003 and at Forestville Military Academy from 2003 to 2004. He is the director of planning and program development at Community Teachers Institute, a nonprofit organization.

He also served on several state and local education-policy task forces.

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