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Howard County teacher found guilty of sexual assault of teen

Howard County teacher found guilty of sexual assault of teen
Christopher Russell Fox (Courtesy Howard County Police)

Howard County Public School System teacher Christopher Russell Fox, 36, of Randallstown, was found guilty Tuesday of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy he met on the Internet last year, according to the state's attorney's office.

Howard County Circuit Court Judge Timothy McCrone found Fox guilty of a third-degree sex offense, the state's attorney's office reported, and set a sentencing date of January 2016. The state's attorney's office said the judge's ruling came after Fox "entered a plea of not guilty with an agreed statement of facts to a third-degree sex offense."

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Police said the teen told officers he was chatting online with a person he believed was a 16-year-old boy. After the two agreed to meet on July 10, 2014, the teen told police he was surprised that the person was an adult, later identified by police as Fox. The teen told police that after he and Fox engaged in sexual acts, he went home and called police.

During the investigation, officers discovered that Fox had been a technology teacher at Atholton High School since 2003, Folly Quarter Middle School and Mount View Middle School, as well as a basketball coach at Glenelg High School in 2006 and 2007.

In 2013, Fox went to work in a building services facility but was placed on administrative leave following the charges. He was arrested in December and charged based on detectives' forensic evidence.

Police are asking anyone who may have engaged in inappropriate contact with Fox to contact police at 410-313-STOP.

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