Stephanie Walzl, age 26, of Manchester, MD was sentenced on June 21st by Howard County Circuit Court Judge Mary Kramer to five years suspending all but two years after pleading guilty to five counts of sex offense in the 4th degree of a student at Reservoir High School.
In June of 2020, Howard County Police began investigating a report of an inappropriate relationship between Walzl and a student. Throughout the investigation, detectives uncovered evidence dating back to December 2019; including tens of thousands of text messages between Walzl and the victim over a six-month time period. The evidence gathered indicated the two were in regular contact with each other before and after school, and throughout the school day.
“Teachers and coaches have an influential role in the lives of young people and at no time, ever, should they use their position of authority to take advantage of a student entrusted to their care,” said State’s Attorney Rich Gibson. “This type of improper conduct will not be tolerated by our office and offenders will be held accountable for their actions.”
The sentencing recommendation of the State reflects a balance between the egregious nature of the charges and the victim’s desire for privacy and finality. Walzl was taken into custody immediately following sentencing and will serve her sentence at the Howard County Detention Center.
Walzl will be on supervised probation for 5 years, must successfully complete sex offender treatment, may not have unsupervised contact with minors, have no contact with the victim and must register as a sex offender.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer W. Ritter prosecuted this case.
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