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Md. climbing coach arrested for sexual assault of student

Wednesday - 6/29/2011, 3:54pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A rock climbing instructor in Columbia has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female student.

Howard County Police charged 31-year-old Michael J. Lyons of Rockville with sex abuse of a minor, sexual solicitation of a minor, multiple sex offenses and second degree assault.

The victim, who is a member of a competitive climbing team at Earth Treks in Columbia, reported that Lyons, who is the team's head coach, engaged in sex acts with her. She reported the incidents occurred between April and June 2011 at Earth Treks.

After conducting an investigation, including interviews with both parties, detectives charged Lyons with the various sex crimes. He is currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Lyons is an instructor at multiple Earth Treks locations in Maryland, as well as the U.S. National Climbing Team and USA Climbing, which is the National Governing Body for the sport of competition climbing in the U.S.

Police are investigating the possibility there may be other victims. They are asking anyone with information to call 401-313-3200.

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