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Former Howard school teacher sentenced to one year in jail for sexual assault

Former Howard school teacher sentenced to one year in jail for sexual assault
Christopher Russell Fox (Courtesy Howard County Police)

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.

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"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.

Fox will also have to register as a Tier II sex offender, Kirwan said.

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