South River High School Teacher Charged with Sex Abuse of Minor

Meredith Susan Barry

On January 30, 2020 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).


• Sex Abuse of a Minor (5 cts.)
• Sex Off 4th - Pers Pos Auth (8 cts.)
• Perverted Practice (2 cts.)

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