A former Howard County public school teacher was sentenced to one year in jail Thursday morning after sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy he met on the Internet.
According to Howard County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Wayne Kirwan, Christopher Russell Fox, 37, of Randallstown, entered a plea of not guilty last October, with an agreed statement of facts to a third-degree sex offense.
"At your cajoling, a 14-year-old snuck out of his bedroom in the middle of the night to meet you on a public tennis court; it's the kind of thing that some boys don't come home from," Howard County Circuit Court Judge Timothy J. McCrone said in a statement provided by Kirwan.
While Fox's defense attorney argued for a suspended sentence, Kirwan added, Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Ritter said Fox preyed on the boy.
"[Fox] went on a teen dating website, he posted false pictures and he lied in person [about his true age]," Ritter said in a statement.
In December 2014, Fox was arrested when the boy called Howard police because of a sexual encounter on July 10, 2014, Kirwan said. The victim—not a student of Fox's—told police that he spoke with Fox online, later deciding to meet someone he thought was a 16-year-old boy.
Police investigated over the coming months, Kirwan explained, finding forensic evidence as well as forensic analysis in the communications.
Although no longer a school system employee, Kirwan said that Fox was a technology teacher since 2003, working at Atholton High School, Folly Quarter Middle School and Mount View Middle School. He also was a coach at Glenelg High School in 2006 and 2007, most recently working in a building services facility.
Judge McCrone sentenced Fox to five years in jail, suspending all but one year, and placed him on five years of supervised probation upon his release.