Teacher charged in sex case released on $100,000 bail

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.

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 in an Ellicott City church parking lot New Year's Day by a man she met online, charging documents said.

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. John's Lane, where he videotaped himself molesting her, according to the document.

Howard 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.

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 began teaching business science at Dundalk this year and was an assistant football coach. He taught business education at Westminster High in the previous school year.

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