CEO charged with sex offense against girl


A Howard County business executive has been charged with a misdemeanor sex offense and assault against a 14-year-old girl, police said yesterday.

Lanham-based Integral Systems Inc. disclosed the charges against its chairman and chief executive officer, Steven R. Chamberlain, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.

Chamberlain, 49, who lives in Howard County, was charged in a criminal summons with a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault in early June, said Pfc. David Proulx, a spokesman for Howard County police. His trial is scheduled for January, according to the company's filing.

Police could not provide details of the charges late yesterday. Neither Chamberlain nor a spokeswoman for his company could be reached yesterday, but the filing said the executive will "vigorously fight" the charges and "maintains his innocence."

Integral Systems builds computer systems that control satellites and reported $90.4 million in revenue and 388 employees last year. Chamberlain has been with the company since it was founded in 1982 and has been CEO since 1992. He was named a Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

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