VIRGINIA

Marine Charged With Sex Act

A Marine Corps military police officer was arrested early Wednesday after security guards at Potomac Mills Mall said they found him in a parked car engaging in sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy.

Prince William County police have charged Timothy David Webb, 22, of Quantico, with crimes against nature, and Webb is in the custody of the Naval Investigative Service while detectives look into the case. Sgt. Kim Chinn, a Prince William police spokeswoman, said Webb met the Woodbridge teenager through the Internet.

Chinn said that Webb, who is stationed at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, arranged to meet the teenager at Potomac Mills and that the child sneaked out of his house early Wednesday to meet Webb. According to a search warrant affidavit filed by police, security guards found the two engaged in sexual activity in a parked car in the 14000 block of Worth Drive about 3:11 a.m.

If convicted, Webb could face up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Jail for Assistant in Aloe Vera Scheme

An assistant to a Manassas doctor who conspired to defraud terminally ill cancer patients by treating them with an unapproved substance containing aloe vera was sentenced to six months in jail and four years of probation yesterday in Prince William County Circuit Court.

Ronald R. Sheetz, a former auto mechanic, pleaded guilty in May to two felony counts of prescription fraud and four misdemeanor counts of false pretenses for working with Donald L. MacNay, an orthopedic surgeon who was administering aloe vera-based treatments at his Manassas clinic. Sheetz and MacNay came under scrutiny in September 1997 when two men died shortly after receiving the treatments.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Grace O'Brien said yesterday that Sheetz's guilty pleas enabled him to testify before a federal grand jury in Baltimore last month. The grand jury indicted MacNay, a Baltimore distributor and an Oklahoma manufacturer for allegedly conspiring to defraud cancer patients by offering an unapproved "cure."

MacNay is scheduled to appear on similar charges in Prince William County Circuit Court in September. He faces a maximum of 160 years in prison if convicted.