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Carney Man, Franklin High Teacher Indicted On Assault Charges

Aaron Anthony Joseph, who also taught at Carver, was recently indicted by grand jury on charges stemming from an incident in July.

A Baltimore County Public School teacher and Carney resident was indicted by a grand jury on assault charges on Monday.

on July 16 for allegedly pointing a handgun at three workers removing trees on a property adjacent to his home in the 9900 block of Finney Drive in Carney.

The workers were preparing a property at 9900 Harford Road for construction, according to a police report.

At the time, police charged Joseph with three counts of first-degree assault, felony use of a firearm and a handgun violation.

You can view the indictment in a .pdf file attached to this article.

The grand jury indicted Joseph on the three assault charges which, combined, carry a maximum sentence of 75 years in jail if Joseph were to be convicted in circuit court.

Joseph has yet to be arraigned and a trial date has not been set, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said.

"An indictment means that the grand jury had probable cause to believe a crime was committed and that this person committed the crime," Shellenberger said.

Charles Herndon, a spokesman for Baltimore County Public Schools, confirmed that Joseph is a teacher at where he began teaching in 2011. Prior to that, he taught at the in Towson since 2000.

Although Herndon would not comment specifically on Joseph's case, he said that generally when a county schools employee is arrested the school system is notified.

In cases where the alleged crime would be a barrier to employment, the employee is generally placed on administrative leave.

Herndon said that he believes first-degree assault is considered a barrier crime by the schools system.

M. Sullivan August 09, 2012 at 06:49 PM
He's a science teacher? What did he teach, bomb making?
carver student August 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
^ Please do not judge Aaron Joseph based on this article. It does not represent him at all. He is a delightful man with a great sense of humor and he is a first class educator. He is the best teacher I have had. His enthusiasm for the sciences is contagious and he inspires curiosity in his students. ... No, He does not teach bomb making. Please do not make unreasonable jumps about an incredible person that you obviously do not know.
K Blue August 10, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Good for you, Carver Student. The fact that the grand jury failed to indict him on the felony firearm and handgun charge says something. The indictment on the assault charges only means what the State's Attorney stated -- that the grand jury found probable cause. That could be a fair cry from "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Red Dolphin August 10, 2012 at 08:58 AM
There you go K Blue is "the voice of reason" we still live in a demacrocacy(M. Sullivan, i bet you are for a totalitarin rule,,,,,,,,or should I say judged by the media type ?
M. Sullivan August 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Jeesh! Lighten up people! I was only kidding. However, indictment on three counts of first degree assault is no small matter.
K Blue August 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM
M, I read these boards enough to know that you were only kidding. And you're right, it's no small matter, but keep in mind that the grand jury probably did not hear anything from the defense.
Franklin student August 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Mr joe was a hilarious teacher he was sweet and kind and weird but no not a criminal he was an excellent man and good teacher
Zoobie August 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Maybe he's a "tree hugger", trying to save them from the woodsman's Axe. These collumns never give all of the details. Personally, I hate to see mature shade trees destroyed. The whole view in the neighbourhood changes and is at a loss.However, we cannot condone the use of a weapon where life is not threatened (or maybe it was ) I'm sure The Patch will expand the information as it becomes available.
Red Dolphin August 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
thats cool Sully, no big deal, actually it was a little funny :) and thanks for not attacking my lousy typing this morning,,,,,,,,, hoepfully he will get a fair trial.and who knows,,,,,,,,,,? might get off.......... not sure why I want him too, fair is fair
Evets August 11, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Maybe before his former students build a monument to him and before those of us who do not know him at all give him life w/o parole, we could let the justice system do its thing.
Margaret August 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Was he fingerprinted for a background check before he was hired? If so the school should know where or not he had a crimminal record or not. The school wouldn't hire someone if there was one. I don't know the man.
Margaret August 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Even for gun permits he would have to go through the dpscsitc&d cjis for background check.
john merkle August 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Maybe if he was like 16, and the gun was stolen, with a few juvenile "scrapes", he could get off then....
Mike B November 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM
You don't pull guns on people. There is NEVER a good reason to get a firearm involved in an argument. You could tell me he got into a fight with workers and I'd take your word for him still being a good guy, but pulling a gun on guys doing their job? Give me a break, the guys a nutcase.
Buck Harmon November 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
There is a chance that this human being was within his rights...perhaps the other side should be reviewed as well.....what's the story..?

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