Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Teen Retracts Rape Claim

A Fairfax County 18-year-old who reported last week that she had been abducted from a Springfield area shopping center and raped has recanted her story, police say, and they have charged her with making a false report.

Cristina Arotoma-Quispe of the 6300 block of Frontier Drive told police that she was carrying her 3-month-old daughter in a portable car seat Thursday night when she was approached by a man with a gun in the Commerce Plaza, near Backlick Road. She reported that the man ordered her to go behind a home in the 6200 block of Dana Avenue and raped her. The baby was not reported to be harmed.

Police investigated the case intensely, Officer Camille S. Neville said yesterday, because of the possibility of a rapist in the community. "Public safety is paramount," Neville said. "We investigated it fully and determined [the report] to be false."

Neville said she did not know why the woman made the report. "Once we get to court, maybe we'll determine what her motives are," Neville said. Arotoma-Quispe was charged with a misdemeanor of making a false police report and arrested at her home Monday evening.

-- Tom Jackman


Sentence in Military Scheme

A Canadian man was sentenced yesterday to more than six years in prison for his role in a $3.7 million scheme to sell defective military parts to the Defense Department.

Prosecutors said Gregory Allen Stewart, 30, of Allenford, Ontario, conspired with others in the United States and abroad to sell the parts, which included valve stems for Navy ships, valves for submarines and circuits for search and recovery helicopters. He was sentenced to six years and three months in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Richmond.

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