Police Press Release - February 5, 2020
Criminal Investigation Division
Sex Offense / Edgewater
On January 30, 2019 at 4:08 p.m., the Anne Arundel County Police responded to South River High School located at 201 Central Avenue East, Edgewater, Maryland in reference to a possible sex offense. The incident was involving a schoolteacher and a teenage student which had occurred earlier. School Administrators advised they received information that the teenage victim and a teacher were seen together initiating inappropriate contact. The teacher, identified as Meredith Susan Barry Martin, a thirty seven year old from the 700 block of Peggy Stewart Court, Davidsonville, Maryland, was immediately removed by the Anne Arundel County School Board from having any further contact with children.
The Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit along with members from the Department of Social Services coordinated numerous interviews with potential witnesses and the suspect. Recently, the teenage victim submitted a written statement to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education confirming the suspect, Meredith Martin, had inappropriate contact with the victim. On January 16, 2020, the teenage victim was interviewed by detectives where the victim disclosed having numerous sexual encounters with the teacher/suspect, Meredith Martin, in the Davidsonville and Edgewater area.
Working in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Meredith Martin with five counts of sex abuse of a minor, eight counts of 4th degree sex offense involving a person in the position of authority, and two counts of perverted practice. On February 5, 2020, the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
As the investigation continues the Anne Arundel County Police is urging any other victims or anyone with information on these incidents to contact the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-4733. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to contact the Anne Arundel County Tip Line at 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP (866-756-2587).
Meredith Susan Barry Martin
700 block of Peggy Stewart Court
- Sex Abuse of a Minor (5 cts.)
- Sex Off 4th - Pers Pos Auth (8 cts.)
- Perverted Practice (2 cts.)
Shooting / Millersville
On February 4, 2020, at approximately 6:55 p.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of Jerry Road in Millersville for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers located a 29 year old male victim with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate any suspects. Eastern District detectives are investigating this incident and are asking anyone with information to call 410-222-6145 or the Tip Line at 410-222-4700.
Weapons Offense (Arrest) / Annapolis
On February 4, 2020 at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a Silver Lincoln Navigator in the area of Forest Drive and Bywater Road in Annapolis. While speaking with the driver who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, officers received information indicating a handgun was concealed within the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located 9 mm Taurus 709 Slim handgun loaded with seven 9 mm rounds of ammunition. The driver was arrested and transported to the Southern District station for processing.
Dale Robert Chase
21600 block of Liberty Street
Lexington Park, Maryland
- Handgun in Vehicle
- Loaded Handgun in Vehicle
- Handgun on Person
- Loaded Handgun on Person