Pornography charge against former Broadneck teacher dropped, obscenity charge pursued

Anne Arundel County prosecutors have dropped the more serious of two charges against a former Broadneck High School teacher and basketball coach that were related to an alleged relationship with a male student.

A charge of soliciting child pornography was dropped Friday against Erin Nicole Thorne, 28, of Arnold. The remaining count is displaying obscene material to a minor.

"As the investigation continued after charges were filed, it was determined that the misdemeanor charge was the more appropriate count on which to move forward," said Kristin Fleckenstein, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office.

Thorne was charged in March. She could not be reached Monday for comment.

Police allege she and a high school senior exchanged nude photos of themselves in text messages. Police said the teenager was a senior when they began exchanging photos September 2010, and that the pair had a sexual relationship that began after the boy turned 18. They said he graduated in spring 2011.

Thorne resigned her position April 8, according to Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier.

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