Substitute teacher charged with abuse taught at over 60 Howard Co. schools

WASHINGTON — The substitute teacher accused of inappropriately touching a Montgomery County, Maryland, elementary student has substitute-taught at more than 60 schools in Howard County, officials say.

Steven Katz of Columbia, Maryland, faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor in Montgomery County. Last month, Howard County Public Schools officials said he had taught in 43 schools from 2016 to 2018.

Officials later found that the 59-year-old had worked during 2012-2015 for additional Howard County schools. The full list for all time periods is available on the district’s website.

The principals of these schools have been notified, officials said, and each will reach out to their school community. Because possibly affected students have since moved on to middle or high school, those schools have been notified as well.

Parents who suspect that their child was abused can contact Montgomery County police detectives at 240-773-5400. School officials encourage parents to consult their website for advice on how to approach the subject with their child.

Parents or guardians who believe that their child has had inappropriate contact with anyone are asked to contact Howard County Police Department detectives at 410-313-2630 or the Department of Social Services at 410-872-4203.

Jack Pointer

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