Former Towson diving coach faces court

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

Former Diving Coach Maureen Mead is scheduled to appear in criminal court Wednesday in connection with last semester’s incident involving a smartphone found in the women’s swimming and diving team locker room.

Maureen Mead’s employment as diving coach ended effective Nov. 24*. Her husband Pat Mead, who was the head swimming and diving coach, quietly resigned Dec. 31, the same time as former assistant coach Adrienne Phillips.

“The welfare of our students remains our top priority,” Director of Media Relations Ray Feldmann said. “We will continue to support our student athletes throughout this process.”

Counseling and other services are being offered to members of the team.

Mead was charged with interception of communication, peeping tom and altering physical evidence in a criminal proceeding Nov. 23 after students reported finding a smartphone that may have been recording audio and video of them in their Burdick Hall locker room on Oct. 16.

Lisa Dever, the prosecutor in the case, said she could not comment, because things are “still pending.”

The felony charge, interception of communication, carries a penalty of up to five years of incarceration and fines up to $10,000. The misdemeanors have possible penalties of incarceration up to 30 days or up to three years and fines of up to $1,000 and $5,000, respectively.

Mead, whose trial is scheduled for Feb. 10, is being charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court. The Towerlight will confirm the time and location of the trial when the court docket is updated.

Maureen Mead’s attorney, David Irwin, could not be reached for comment in time for The Towerlight’s print deadline. This story will be updated online if and when he is able to comment.

Assistant coach Jake Shrum has been leading the team as acting head coach since his appointment to acting head coach in mid-November when Tim Perkins was hired to act as diving coach.

According to a statement from the University, Maureen Mead has been on paid administrative leave since the Oct. 16 incident, and according to members of the swim team, Head Swim Coach Pat Mead was put on administrative leave Nov. 17.

The Towerlight will continue to follow Maureen Mead’s trial and other related developments as they progress.

–Sam Shelton contributed to this article.

*The Towerlight previously had the incorrect date for Maureen Mead’s end of employment date. We regret this error.

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