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Va. man charged with harassing teen while dressed as woman

A Herndon man was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he tried to persuade a 16-year-old boy to get into his car Sunday night while dressed in women’s clothing, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy was listening to music while sitting on a bench outside an extended-stay hotel on E. Severn Way in Sterling when he was approached by Jose H. Mejia-Ulloa, 41, around 8:30 p.m. according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Mejia-Ulloa, dressed as a woman, made “inappropriate comments” to the teen and urged him into the car, according to Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The confrontation ended when the teen’s mother came outside and spoke to Mejia-Ulloa, who drove away, Troxell said.

The boy’s mother then called police, describing Mejia-Ulloa a female driving a red Honda Civic, according to authorities.

A sheriff’s deputy who responded to the call saw the Civic pull into a nearby parking lot and confronted Mejia-Ulloa, Troxell said.

Troxell declined to provide additional details of the deputy’s conversation with Mejia-Ulloa, who was arrested and held at the Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. He was expected to be released Monday, Troxell said.

Caitlin Gibson is a local news and features writer for The Washington Post.


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