- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 9, 2003

A former schools superintendent for Carroll County, Md., has been indicted on charges of raping a 9-year-old girl.
William Hyde, 61, faced five counts of child abuse brought against him seven months ago when a grand jury in Westminster handed up the rape indictment Thursday.
The offenses occurred in July, two years after Mr. Hyde retired as superintendent, said Deputy State's Attorney Tracy Gilmore.
Mr. Hyde, who now lives in Idaho, was released on bail in August and is to appear in court tomorrow. His trial is set for June.
He faces as long as 20 years in prison if convicted of rape and 51 years in prison if convicted of all the child-abuse charges.
The girl, who has been going through intensive therapy, said recently that in addition to molesting her, Mr. Hyde had sexual intercourse with her, prompting the rape charge, investigators said.
"It's not uncommon in cases such as these for information to come out, in some cases, six months later and in some cases 10 years later," said Maryland State Police Sgt. James DeWees, supervisor of Carroll County's child-abuse and sexual-assault unit.
Carroll County schools officials said they were not aware of any other abuse charges brought against Mr. Hyde, who worked for the school system as an assistant superintendent from 1987 to 1998 and as superintendent from 1998 to 2000.
Mr. Hyde retired in September 2000 after completing two years of his four-year superintendent contract.
During his tenure as superintendent, Carroll County public schools faced disputes with contractors, although the problems were not attributed to him, said Carey Gaddis, a school district spokeswoman.
After retiring, Mr. Hyde moved to Montana, where he was superintendent of Seeley Lake Elementary School from September 2000 until June, when his contract expired. The school's board of directors offered to renew his contract, but Mr. Hyde declined, citing a desire to pursue private consulting, said Sally Johnson, business manager of Seeley Lake Elementary School.
The Carroll County school system, which enrolls about 28,000 students, did not perform a criminal background check on Mr. Hyde when he was hired or appointed superintendent, said Jimmie Saylor, director of human resources for the school system.
"I don't think they were required then. Then, because he had been an employee in the system for so long, I don't think one was run."
A criminal background check is required now under Maryland state law, Miss Saylor said.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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