Md. School Nurse's Aide Is Charged With Rape
Woman Allegedly Involved With Boy, 13
By Darragh Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 10, 2003; Page B07
A 30-year-old Maryland woman has been charged with rape and other offenses for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy who is a friend of her son's, authorities said yesterday.
Amy Marie Bayliss, a nurse's aide at Easton Middle School in Talbot County, was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sex offense and one count of sex abuse of a minor. She and the youth allegedly had sexual encounters on "at least seven different occasions" since September, according to an affidavit filed in court by Maryland State Police.
Although the youth attends the school where Bayliss worked, the two became acquainted outside school because of the boy's friendship with Bayliss's son, said state police Sgt. Kenneth A. Collins.
After her arrest, Bayliss was released on $10,000 bond. A woman answered the phone at Bayliss's home yesterday and said Bayliss had no comment on the allegations.
Collins said rumors of a sexual relationship between the two had been swirling around the school for some time. On Friday, according to Collins, Bayliss told police that the "rumors were all true" and that "she wanted to get this incident behind her."
According to the affidavit, the youth told police that he "was not forced or threaten[ed] to participate" in any of the sexual conduct.
The youth told police and a Child Protective Services worker that the first sexual incident occurred in Bayliss's car in September, the affidavit states. It states that another incident occurred while the youth was staying overnight in the Bayliss home, visiting Bayliss's son.
Bayliss was assigned to the Talbot County school system by her employer, the county Health Department. Officials declined to comment yesterday on her employment status since her arrest.