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May 24, 2013
THE REGION
Metro worker jailed in defibrillator theft

A Metro maintenance worker has been arrested on charges of stealing 13 defibrillators from the transit agency and selling them through online auction sites.

Derrick Davis, 40, of Laurel was charged Thursday with theft in Prince George’s County District Court.

According to Metro officials, undercover detectives with Metro Transit Police had been investigating Davis for months and approached him on eBay to try to buy a defibrillator.

Metro officials said Davis remained in jail Friday awaiting a bail hearing.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said that the stolen equipment was worth about $18,200. The defibrillators were stolen from the Greenbelt rail yard and from rail stations along the Green Line, Stessel said.

The investigation is continuing, officials said. Stessel said Davis was suspended from his job without pay, per Metro policy.

“We will pursue all administrative action up to and including termination,” Stessel said.

— Dana Hedgpeth

VIRGINIA
Ex-teacher sentenced in child porn case

A former preschool teacher convicted of producing child pornography was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison, prosecutors said.

James Douglas Manring, 54, of Fredericksburg had been accused of filming himself performing sex acts on preschool students in the late 1990s while he was teaching at a school in Japan, authorities said. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria in January to two counts of production of child pornography, authorities said.

Investigators were tipped to Manring as they investigated an international movie production company shipping child pornography into the United States, court records show. After they raided a New York facility containing some of the material, they found records indicating that Manning had ordered 46 videos from April 2010 to February 2011, the records show.

Investigators then searched Manring’s home, and he admitted to abusing boys in Japan, according to the records. The investigators also found eight child porn DVDs that Manning himself produced, the records show.

Until his arrest late last year, Manning had been giving music lessons in his home and teaching at a preschool in Bethesda, prosecutors said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to identify the school.

— Matt Zapotosky

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