A married Maryland high school teacher was accused of sexually abusing students when the girl was just 16 years old and exchanging nearly 70,000 text messages with her.
Stephanie Walzl, 26, who teaches health and physical education at Reservoir High School in Fulton and coaches the women’s lacrosse team, was arrested last week for sexual harassment of a minor and a fourth grade sex crime.
The Howard County Police Department opened an investigation into Walzl in June after receiving reports of his alleged relationship with a student.
Over the past three months, detectives have been gathering evidence of an inappropriate relationship between Walzl and the victim, dating back to December 2019, when the girl was 16 and her teacher was a bride.
Investigators found nearly 69,000 text messages between her and students, some of which were reported to be sexual in nature, and found that Walzl and the girl had regular contact before, during, and after school.
Police said they consulted with the Howard County Attorney’s Office before filing charges against Walzl.
She was taken to the Howard County Detention Center on Thursday and detained in prison on Tuesday morning. The police were not aware of any additional victims.
According to the Howard County school system, the teacher is on administrative leave until the case is resolved.
Karim Shortridge, director of Reservoir Middle School, confirmed the incident in a letter to parents, citing Walzl as a former teacher.