Richard Shemer, Albert Einstein High School teacher, accused of sexual abuse
Updated: October 3, 2013 - 09:04 pm
KENSINGTON, Md. (WJLA) - A Montgomery County high school teacher is accused of having a longstanding sexual relationship with a student.
In late September, detectives received information that a female student at Albert Einstein High School had been receiving inappropriate emails from Richard Brian Shemer, 50.
"[I'm] speechless and upset," says Martha Flores, who's son is a former student of Shemer's. "I'm disgusted. I'm real disappointed."
Senior Tatyana Blair isn't surprised by the allegations.
"He does speak inappropriately toward students often. I remember I was really creeped out by him. My counselor told me he talks to all students like that."
"He would just act like one of us, like one of the guys sometimes," says Luke Bradford, a student. "But when he'd be with our parents he'd be serious."
Bradford plays varsity baseball at Albert Einstein and until Monday, Shemer was his head coach.
Police say Shemer and the student had developed a close relationship during the 2012-2013 school year. During the current school year, police say, the student visited Shemer's classroom and had conversations about sexual domination and submission on and off campus.
"Sometimes in lunch we'd hang out in his room. He'd tell us to get out to talk to her, I guess. I didn't know what they were talking about."
Police say the conversations continued via email.
Things intensified Tuesday when police say Shemer emailed the victim for a nude photo. The message, sent from his public school account, was intercepted by her parents.
“Teachers are like parents like second parents. We expect from them higher standards,” says Samson Gebreab, a father.
Former student Carlos Flores says Shemer was overly friendly sometimes.
"When I was in his class he was cool with all of us," Flores says. "He treated us nicely. Mr. Shemer did seem a little too nice at times."
Shemer, who had been teaching for 10 years, was arrested Wednesday and faces one felony charge of sex abuse of a minor. He is being held on a $125,000 bond.
At a bond hearing Thursday, a District Court judge called the accusation "salacious and disconcerting." Shemer's attorney said he has a 15-year-old daughter.
“Sexual abuse of a minor is a very serious charge,” says Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the State’s Attorney’s Office. “It carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.”
Shemer’s wife Sondra, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law were present at the hearing but declined comment.
Shemer's next court date is in November.