Police: Gym Teacher Found Sleeping in Locker Room Charged with Trespassing, Resisting Arrest

Police allege the man, a Gaithersburg resident, was injured during a scuffle with officers and a police dog after they woke him up

A physical education teacher found sleeping inside a Redland Middle School locker room early Friday has been charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, according to records filed in Montgomery County District Court.

Police allege that Benjamin J. Morey, 35, of the unit block of Hyacitnth Court in Gaithersburg, was injured during a scuffle with officers and a police dog after they woke him up. He was treated at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for a cut on his thigh and puncture wounds on his leg, according to the records.

Morey is listed on the school’s website as a P.E. and health teacher. The school is located at 6505 Muncaster Mill Road in Rockville.

Morey has been charged with fourth-degree burglary, trespassing on school grounds and resisting arrest.

According to court records, police were dispatched to the school at around 2:30 a.m., after alarms were triggered. A school security guard reportedly told police that she could hear someone snoring in the boy’s locker room.

Police claim that they found Morey sleeping on top of folding mats in an equipment closet and allege he was uncooperative when officers tried to arrest him, prompting officers to release the K9 and physically restrain him.

The Gazette reported the story on Saturday.  

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig told the newspaper that Morey was placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

A court date was scheduled for April 4. As of Tuesday, court records did not list an attorney for Morey.


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