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A Prince George’s middle school teacher has been charged with sexually abusing one of his own students — a 13-year-old girl — over a 10-month period.

Garnold Maurice King, 48, of the 9600 block of Reiker Drive in Upper Marlboro, was a social studies teacher at Isaac Gourdine Middle School in Fort Washington when he allegedly committed the acts both on and off school property, according to county police.

He is facing charges of second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, and two counts of sex abuse of a minor, according to online county court records.

King had been teaching this year at Thurgood G. Marshall Middle School in Temple Hills. Previously, he had been a teacher at Isaac Gourdine since 1994.

When the school system was made aware of the allegations, King was removed from the school and he is currently on administrative leave pending a criminal and administrative investigation, according to county school system officials.

Briant Coleman, a county schools spokesman, said that the school system is working with law enforcement to ensure that the matter is resolved as soon as possible.

“Our number one priority is the protection and safety of our students and we are deeply saddened to learn about this incident,” he said.

The victim reported the abuse to her mother, who then told county police that the then-13-year-old was sexually assaulted by King between September 2011 and June 2012, according to county police.

County police arrested King on Dec. 6 at a school security office in Largo after a warrant for his arrest was issued Nov. 29, nearly five months after the alleged abuse ceased.

Lt. Bill Alexander, a county police spokesman, said there was a gap there likely due to the girl not coming forward with the information to her mother right away and said the mother reported the allegations to police as soon as she found out.

King was being held on a $250,000 bond in the county's department of corrections in Upper Marlboro, but it was reduced to $125,000 after a bond review hearing and he was released on bond Dec. 8, according to county police and online court records, which show that he has no prior criminal record.

Court records show King has a preliminary hearing Jan. 2.

A defense attorney for King was not listed with the courts by Wednesday, according to online court records.

Calls to King’s residence were not returned Wednesday.

School system officials said letters were sent home to parents explaining the situation and counselors at both schools have been made available for students needing to talk about the matter.

“Investigators would definitely like to be notified if additional victims would come forward. If someone had knowledge of a situation, detectives are definitely looking for that information,” said Alexander, who said at this point in the investigation, there is no information to suggest that there are additional victims.