NEWS RELEASE: Police charge high school teacher with sexual abuse of student
Howard County police have charged a Reservoir High School teacher and lacrosse coach with sexual abuse of a minor. Stephanie Walzl, 26, of Valley Vista Ct. in Manchester, was arrested for engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a female student.
Police began investigating in June after receiving a report of the relationship. Through investigation, detectives uncovered evidence of an inappropriate relationship dating back to December 2019, when the student was 16. Investigators analyzed nearly 69,000 text messages between the two and determined that they were in regular contact before and after school, and throughout the school day.
Police consulted with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office before charging Walzl with sexual abuse of a minor and a fourth-degree sex offense.
Investigators are not aware of any other victims.
Walzl is currently on administrative leave, according to the Howard County Public School System. She is in the booking process at the Howard County Detention Center.