HOWARD COUNTY

Maryland Man Entered School, Tried to Kiss Girl, 14: Police

A 20-year-old man is charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense and disturbing school operations

colby christopher johnson
Howard County Police Department

Police have charged a 20-year-old Maryland man with entering a high school and trying to grab and kiss a 14-year-old student there, authorities said Monday.

Colby Christopher Johnson fled from Hammond High School in Columbia after approaching an underage female student on Friday afternoon, grabbing her and attempting to kiss her, the Howard County Police Department said in a statement Monday. The victim wasn't hurt, according to authorities.

Investigators said Johnson had no “legitimate business" at the school. It's unclear whether he knew the victim.

Police identified the man and took him into custody after reviewing school security video, the statement said.

Johnson was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense and disturbing school operations, police said. He was being held without bond Monday.

It's unclear whether he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

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