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Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Prince William County grand jury indicts Steffon Rodney Christian


Steffon R. Christian (Courtesy of Manassas City Police)
A Prince William County grand jury indicted a former Manassas school system kindergarten aide, coach and library secretary with sexual abuse crimes that go back more than three decades.

Steffon Rodney Christian, 48, was indicted on 63 counts Tuesday of sexual abuse involving 10 victims, according to prosecutors. The charges also stem from alleged crimes that occurred after his time at Baldwin Elementary School, where he worked from August 1981 through September 1999. Authorities have not yet announced details of the other alleged crimes.

The crimes Christian is accused with occurred between 1980 and 2011, authorities said.

Chris Feldman, Christian’s attorney, declined to comment on the indictment.

A spokesperson for Baldwin Elementary could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police said Christian became close with students in a variety of roles at Baldwin. He would take students — especially those experiencing family trouble — on golf outings, host them at his home, and give them gifts, law enforcement officials have said.

The initial victim came forward because of the media coverage of the Penn State abuse scandal.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said it is possible more victims could come forward. “The more publicity, the more people that seem to come forward,” Ebert said.

Christian’s case comes on the heels of another abuse scandal in Manassas schools. Kevin Ricks, a former English teacher, was convicted of abusing boys he met as a camp counselor, teacher and foreign exchange host.

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