COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County police arrested a Columbia man and charged him with committing sex offenses against a 17-year-old girl when he was a teaching assistant at Wilde Lake High School in 2019.

Divaughn Vanez Furby, 29, of Footed Ridge, now faces a series of sex offense charges and is being held without bond.

Credit: Howard County Police

Police got information that Furby was in a sexual relationship with a minor and through interviews and cell phone data analysis, now believe the crimes happened off of school property.

Furby hasn’t worked at the school system since August 2019. He was also a part-time employee at the Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City, but doesn’t work there anymore after his arrest.

The principal of Wilde Lake High School sent a letter out informing parents, students and employees of the arrest, it reads in part:

“Our school administrators immediately notified the Howard County Police Department in the spring of 2019 when we learned of rumors of the situation and the staff member was placed on leave. We continue to fully work with police as they continue their investigation. Should you have additional information regarding the charge, please contact the Howard County Police Department at 410-313-STOP.”

Anyone with information or has had contact with Furby that may be related to the investigation should call police at 410-313-STOP.

Kelsey Kushner

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