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Md. teacher charged with touching colleagues

Wednesday - 1/8/2014, 5:10pm  ET

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County police say a middle school science teacher has been arrested on charges of inappropriately touching three female co-workers.

Police say Walter Stafon Bowman was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of false imprisonment.

He teaches science at the Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring. A spokeswoman for the county public school system says the 37-year-old Bowman has been placed on leave.

Police say they began investigating complaints of the improper touching on Monday, including from one employee who accused Bowman of placing her in a bear hug in August.

It wasn't immediately clear if Bowman had a lawyer, and a phone message left at his house was not immediately returned Wednesday.

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