By Eric Rich
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
A police officer in Maryland heard a surprising story when he found a 15-year-old girl and an adult male engaged in a sex act at 3 a.m. in a car in Takoma Park: She was a prostitute, the girl said, and her pimp was a coach at a high school in Prince George's County.
Arron J. Burroughs, a junior varsity assistant football coach at Bowie High School, appeared yesterday in Superior Court in the District, where he was ordered held without bail on a charge of first-degree child sexual abuse, said Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.
According to a charging document, the girl told police that Burroughs -- who is also a Metrobus driver -- repeatedly took her to the District to engage in prostitution beginning in September. She said Burroughs, 35, also had sex with her, starting when she was 14, the document says.
The girl was a student at the high school, according to a law enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity because that information has not been revealed in public documents.
Told of the arrest, a spokesman for the Prince George's school system confirmed last night that Burroughs is a coach at Bowie High and said that school officials would investigate the matter. Burroughs, who lives in Crofton, was represented by the public defender's office. Messages left there late yesterday received no response.
According to the charging document, the police officer was on routine patrol early Monday when he spotted the girl and a man parked in a deserted lot in the 7600 block of Maple Avenue.
The girl told the officer that Burroughs had driven her from Maryland to the District on Sunday and that the two had sex early Monday in his Range Rover in the Metrobus yard on Bladensburg Road NE.
She said that he rented a room for her at the Budget Inn on New York Avenue NE for the purposes of prostitution and that a customer -- the man she was later found with -- drove her to Takoma Park and paid her $150 for sex, according to the document.
Later Monday, while she was in police custody, the girl asked Burroughs to pick her up at the hotel in the District. Burroughs arrived at 8:30 p.m. and was arrested.
According to the document, he admitted that the two had had sex in the bus yard and on other occasions, beginning when she was 14, and that he brought her to the District for the purposes of prostitution. He also admitted to having two pounds of marijuana in his vehicle, saying he supplemented his income by selling the drug, the document says.