Schools worker charged with attempting to solicit minors

A Fairfax County schools IT specialist was charged with attempting to take indecent liberties with children under 15 and using the Internet to facilitate offenses involving children, police said.

Patrick Wietz, 24, of Rockefeller Lane in Springfield, was a full-time employee with the school system for two years, Fairfax County police said. School officials said that Wietz joined Fairfax schools in November of 2007 as an hourly worker. He became a full-time employee in July of 2011 as a technology support specialist.

(Fairfax County police) - Patrick Wietz

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For the past two years, Wietz had been assigned to Glen Forest Elementary in Falls Church, where he worked in a computer lab, school officials said.

“At this point, we have no reason to believe that any of our students are in any way are involved or directly affected,” Glen Forest principal Cynthia Choate wrote in a letter to parents.

Choate wrote that Wietz was suspended from the school system and is no longer assigned to the elementary school.

Officer Don Gotthardt, a Fairfax County police spokesman, said there is no indication children at any other schools were impacted either, but he said “we certainly would like to hear from parents if their children recognize this man.”

Wietz was arrested following an online sting by police.

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