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A Fairfax County Public Schools IT specialist has been charged with attempting to take indecent liberties with children under 15, and using the Internet to facilitate certain offenses involving children, according to Fairfax County Police.

Police said Wednesday that an ongoing investigation resulted in the Tuesday arrest of Patrick Wietz, 24, of the 9200 block of Rockefeller Lane in Springfield.

According to police, an undercover officer posing as a minor communicated with Wietz in an online chat room.

Wietz was arrested after he showed up to meet what he believed was a 15-year-old boy he had been communicating with, police said.

School officials said Wietz originally joined the school system in 2007 as an hourly employee, and has been employed full time as an IT specialist at Glen Forest Elementary School in Falls Church since July 2011.

FCPS spokesman John Torre said that Weitz was suspended from his position upon his arrest.

Witetz’s attorney, Jad Sarsour, declined to comment on the case. Wietz is currently out on bond and scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 15, court records show.

“We do not know of any FCPS students that were affected, but urge parents to ask their children if they recognize or have ever had any contact with Wietz,” said police spokesman Don Gotthardt.



gmacdonald@fairfaxtimes.com