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Man accused of soliciting, sexually assaulting officers


Howard County police arrested a Silver Spring man Tuesday night near Dorsey and charged him with solicitation and sex assault.

While inside Video Distributors, an adult bookstore in the 7400 block of Washington Blvd., two undercover detectives were approached by a man who solicited them for a lewd sex act and touched them in the groin area, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman.

John Edward Ashford, 56, was charged with two counts each of solicitation, assault and fourth-degree sex assault.

He was released on personal recognizance yesterday.

Pub Date: 12/19/96

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