Man charged in sex case freed on bail

He is accused of molesting girl, 13, in Ellicott City

January 10, 2003|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County schoolteacher accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl he met through the Internet posted a $100,000 bond yesterday and was released from the Howard County Detention Center.

Dundalk High School teacher Charles Levi Maxwell, 33, was placed on administrative leave with pay after his arrest Wednesday on sexual offense and child pornography charges. No court date had been scheduled in Howard District Court by yesterday afternoon.

Howard County police identified Maxwell through a sting operation they put together after the girl, who has since turned 14, told them she was sexually assaulted on an Ellicott City church parking lot by a man she met online on New Year's Day, according to charging documents.

The girl told investigators that the man, who called himself "Craig" during their online conversation, picked her up Jan. 1 and drove her to the Seventh-day Adventist Church lot on St. Johns Lane, where he videotaped himself molesting her, according to the document.

The teen-ager told investigators that he videotaped her even though she told him she did not want him to, according to the document.

Howard police detectives were with the girl when she went online with "Craig" again, and he set up another meeting. Police arrested Maxwell when he showed up at the meeting place, which police did not identify.

Officers seized homemade videos of Maxwell having sex, video and computer equipment and a piece of paper with information about the girl during a search of his apartment in the first block of Dodworth Court in Timonium, police said.

Maxwell, who began teaching business science at Dundalk this year and served as the school's assistant football coach, taught business education at Westminster High School from August 2001 to June last year, according to Jimmie Saylor, the human resources director for Carroll County schools.

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