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Howard teacher arrested on sexual assault charges

Christopher Russell Fox
Christopher Russell Fox (Courtesy Howard County Police)

A technology teacher in the Howard County school system has been charged with assaulting a 14-year-old boy he met online after posing as a fellow teenager, according to police.

Howard County police charged Christopher Russell Fox, 36, of Randallstown with sexual solicitation of a minor and sex offenses in connection with a July incident in which he allegedly engaged in sex acts with the teenager near the boy's Howard County home.

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In 2003, Fox started working as a teacher, and has been assigned to Atholton High School and Folly Quarter and Mount View middle schools, according to the school system. In addition, he served as a junior varsity baseball coach at Glenelg High School in 2006-2007.

School officials said Fox has been working in a building services facility since 2013.

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Pending a personnel investigation, he has been placed on administrative leave and is barred from school property, according to the school system. School officials said they were cooperating with the police investigation.

Charging documents state the boy told police he arranged a meeting with someone he thought was 16, based on text messages and online chat.

At 1:30 a.m. July 10, the boy went to a gazebo near his home for the arranged meeting and encountered a man. The boy told police he asked the man how old he was, and the man told him he was 25, police said. Charging documents indicate the teen asked the man if he was going to hurt him, and the man said "no."

The boy and the man engaged in sexual acts, police said. Charging documents state the boy told police he was not forced to perform the acts. The boy returned home and called police.

Police said they identified Fox as a suspect based on information from the boy's computer. Charging documents also state DNA from the scene matched DNA from Fox, and he was subsequently charged.

Police said Fox turned himself in Tuesday, and online records indicate he was being held as of Wednesday. No attorney for him was listed in online records. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled Dec. 30.

Police said they believe Fox may have solicited others on the Internet using false names and are asking anyone who may have information to call 410-313-7867.

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