High School Teacher Arrested, Charged with Sexually abusing a student
Howard County Public Schools, Maryland
Message from the Superintendent, May 4, 2023
May 4th, 2023
The following statement was issued by HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano on May 4, 2023:
As many of you may have heard, the Howard County Police Department charged a Mt. Hebron High School teacher, Matthew Barth, with “sexual abuse of a minor and a third-degree sex offense.” He has been a teacher at Mt. Hebron since 2003 and it has been his only HCPSS school of employment. He was placed on administrative leave and removed from access to students when HCPSS was informed of the accusation. This is an ongoing police investigation and we are unable to share other information at this time. The police press release may be found online.
As a parent and an educator, I find this news troubling and upsetting. If you suspect that your child may have had an inappropriate encounter with this individual – or any individual – please contact the Howard County Police Department Detectives at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov. In addition, the Howard County Police Department has asked that anyone with information related to this matter call them directly at 410-313-STOP.
Staff who work in the school system are held to the highest standard as we are entrusted to take care of the children and keep them safe in this community. I am deeply concerned and disturbed at this news and I know that like me, many of our staff, parents and guardians will have concerns. As we process this news, we have to make sure that we put every support in place to help our students who are impacted by this news or may have difficulty processing this. School administrators and staff at all schools are prepared to provide support for students. The school system website provides resources to assist you with these difficult conversations and a few suggestions are included below.
As you have these difficult conversations at home with your children, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)’s principals, counselors, teachers or community superintendents if we can provide any support whatsoever. Every school’s administrative team and Student Services staff are prepared to assist any students who are upset by this news.
Police Press Release: Abuse happened multiple times over 4 months, at school