Church youth group volunteer arrested
Fairfax County police have arrested a 23-year-old man who volunteered with a youth group at King’s Chapel Church, 12925 Braddock Road, and have charged him with two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Police said they began an investigation after receiving a call from the parents of a 14-year-old who said the suspect gave him or her, and other teens, a massage.
Police said parents learned of the alleged abuses and contacted authorities on Aug. 3.
Police said James West, formerly of the 5600 block of Hope Park Road in Fairfax, was not a member of the church’s paid staff, but volunteered there for several years.
West was charged at 8 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
Police ask that anyone with information contact Detective L. LaBarca at 703-246-7810 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Police remind motorists to be careful
County police are urging motorists to be vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists now that county schools have resumed classes.
Police say commuters should expect increased congestion throughout the week, and build time into their schedules to accommodate for increased traffic. Residents also might notice police officers posted in school zones and near bus stops, who will help ensure pedestrian safety, as well as safe loading and unloading of students.
Police remind drivers that when bus lights and stop signs are activated, vehicles must stop in both directions, unless they are separated from the bus by a median.
In 2011, county police officers issued 1,364 citations for speeding in school zones. They issued 364 citations for improperly passing school buses and not stopping for a school bus with flashing lights. Typically, these infractions occur between 6 and 8 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m.
To learn more about traffic safety issues. contact Master Police Officer Allie Eggers at 703-280-0563.
MS-13 gang member sentenced for illegally re-entering U.S.
Salvador Portillo, 30, of El Salvador, and a confessed member of the MS-13 street gang, was sentenced Aug. 31 to one year in federal prison for illegally re-entering the U.S. after having been deported. Portillo previously was convicted of sexually assaulting a child in Fairfax County.
Neil H. MacBride, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli and M. Yvonne Evans, Field Office director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Washington, D.C., made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
According to federal court documents, Portillo illegally entered the country and was deported by immigration authorities on Oct. 8, 2003. Thereafter, Portillo illegally re-entered the U.S. On Dec. 26, 2010, Portillo sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl in Fairfax County.
He was convicted of rape and sodomy in the Fairfax County Circuit Court and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Portillo was transferred from state to federal custody on July 12, 2012, and he pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry on July 23.
Herndon man charged with indecent exposure
County police have charged a Herndon man with indecent exposure after a woman claimed he pulled up to her in a vehicle and exposed himself on Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.
Police said the adult female victim was walking along Sunrise Valley Drive near the intersection of Sayward Boulevard shortly before 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. when Bilal Awan, 19, of Herndon pulled up alongside her and stopped in a vehicle.
Police said Awan asked the woman a question while allegedly exposing himself. Awan was charged with indecent exposure.