A Columbia man, who formerly worked at Wilde Lake High School as a teaching assistant and coached at Long Reach High School, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex offenses against a 17-year-old female student, Howard County police announced Tuesday.
Divaughn Vanez Furby, 29, of the 8900 block of Footed Ridge in Columbia, faces five charges of sex offenses after a police investigation found he allegedly “had engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor,” police said in a news release.
After receiving information, police interviewed the student and other parties and also analyzed cellphone data. Police said they believe the “crimes occurred outside of school property.”
Furby has not been employed by the school system since August.
Marcy Leonard, principal at Wilde Lake High, sent an email to the school community Tuesday afternoon.
“Our school administrators immediately notified the Howard County Police Department in the spring of 2019 when we learned of rumors of the situation and the staff member was placed on leave. We continue to fully work with police as they continue their investigation," Leonard wrote.
Long Reach High Principal Josh Wasilewski emailed his school’s community Tuesday afternoon, describing Furby as someone who “previously coached” at the high school.
“Our students’ well-being is always our number one priority and while the charge is not due to contact with a Long Reach student, I am deeply distressed that an adult formerly associated with Long Reach HS is suspected of this allegation,” Wasilewski wrote in the email.
Both principals provided resources for parents to use in having conversations with their child or children about the charges.
As a result of his arrest, Furby also is no longer a part-time employee at the Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City.
Furby has no attorney listed in online court records. He is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
Anyone with information related to the case and/or has had contact with Furby can contact police at 410-313-STOP.