THE REGION

Two Va. Men Held on Sex Charge

Two Arlington men were arrested in Montgomery County and charged with crossing state lines for the purpose of having sex with a minor, federal agents announced yesterday.

In separate incidents, the men were arrested Wednesday when they went to a location in Bethesda where they believed they would meet with teenage girls they had contacted through the Internet, said Richard M. Mosquera, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore office.

Court documents allege that Andrew Lightman, 36, contacted an undercover FBI agent who he believed was a 14-year-old girl. The documents allege that Anthony Raphael Rudd, Sr., 41, contacted an agent who he thought was a 12-year-old girl.

Both men indicated a willingness to engage in sex acts with the girls and to travel to Montgomery County to do so, the documents state.

The arrests are part of the FBI's ongoing undercover operation called Innocent Images, which targets people who transmit child pornography through the Internet or seek young children for sex.

MARYLAND

Man Faces Murder Charge in Shooting

A Forestville man was indicted yesterday by a Montgomery County grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the July shooting death of a Silver Spring man who had been walking his dog.

Shawn Anthony Bowman, 32, was accused of shooting Luis Sequeira on July 17 shortly after robbing a Safeway supermarket on University Boulevard. Bowman, who worked as a technician for District Cablevision, encountered Sequeira while he was walking his dog near his home and shot him in the chest, back and head, prosecutors said.

Bowman initially was charged with attempted murder, but the charges were upgraded after Sequeira died from his injuries a day later. Bowman also is charged with two counts of using a handgun to commit a felony.

Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography

A Potomac man pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to charges that he distributed child pornography and pursued a 13-year-old boy across state lines for sex.

Prosecutors said Jeffrey Cissel Neuhauser, 50, introduced himself to the boy by sending him computer messages on the Internet in October 1997 and later met him in Princess Anne and Salisbury, Md., as well as in Virginia, to have sex. Neuhauser also took nude photos of the boy and transmitted them over the Internet, prosecutors said.

Neuhauser faces up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9. He currently is serving an 18-month federal sentence for a conviction in Virginia for traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor.

Conviction in Police Chase Overturned

A Frederick County jury yesterday reversed a 59-year-old schoolteacher's conviction for fleeing and eluding police at 38 miles per hour.

The Circuit Court jury deliberated about three hours before accepting Ester Maria Pena's contention that she did not know that the wailing siren and flashing lights on a deputy's squad car directly behind her were signals to pull over.

Her testimony in the two-day trial directly contradicted that of her passenger, Elisa Flores, who insisted she told Pena four times during the five-minute chase to stop the car.

Pena said she thought during the pursuit that if the deputy, John Keyser, had wanted her to stop, he would have done as police cars do "in the movies"--overtaken her and blocked her progress in the fast lane of U.S. 15.

Defense attorney Laura Kelsey Rhodes said Pena should merely have been ticketed for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle instead of being handcuffed and jailed after her arrest on June 12, 1998.