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The counselor at a Maryland high school was arrested and faces 15 criminal charges, including second-degree rape and for soliciting child pornography, PEOPLE confirmed.
According to a press release from a Maryland Children's Rights Center - also signed by the Maryland Police Department, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office - Allen Edward Mitchell of 32, he was arrested on Friday for these allegations. The counselor is in jail without bail due to the seriousness of the charges he faces, reported DelmarvaNow.com, a local USA Today affiliate.
Mitchell is under investigation for alleged wrongdoing with minors, including the use of social media applications for criminal use, the statement added.
Wicomico County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hanlin sent a message to PEOPLE assuring that the school is in full cooperation with the authorities. "Our first priority is always safety, the well-being of our students and work team," says the message.
The case has caused a stir in his community. The counselor has been dismissed from the school although he still appears on the James M. Bennett High School website as part of the team. According to local station WBOC-16, Mitchell appeared in Wicomico district court Monday at 9 a.m. It is not yet known whether he has an attorney for his defense. The case is still ongoing.
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