Sex-Abuse Trial of Ex-Teacher Opens
A former substitute teacher accused of sexually molesting four teenage boys went on trial in U.S. District Court yesterday, with prosecutors saying the man kept a calendar chronicling his relationships with the youths.
Kenneth "Atlantis" Long, 35, is accused of sexually abusing two youths he met while teaching at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria. He also is accused of sexually abusing the brother and cousin of one of the students. The activities allegedly began in 1995. The boys were ages 13 to 16.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg A. Maisel told jurors in opening statements yesterday that Long rewarded the boys for sexual acts by giving them sneakers, clothing, alcohol and other gifts. Maisel said Long typically described the sex acts as "candy" and referred to the boys as "The Family Long."
Long was arrested April 30 at his home in Northwest Washington and has been jailed in the District since. During a search of his home, the FBI and Alexandria police found sexually explicit photographs and calendars that documented sex acts, Maisel told the jury. Long, who taught part time in the District as well as Alexandria, earlier had been convicted in Florida for a sex-related crime while teaching there.
In addition to teaching school, Long had served in recent years as pastor of Seat Pleasant Baptist Church. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Former Dentist Guilty of Mail Fraud
A McLean man pleaded guilty yesterday to illegally collecting more than $244,000 in insurance claims for dental services he provided to patients--even though he wasn't licensed to practice dentistry, prosecutors said.
Stephen W. Gropp, 46, lost his license to practice dentistry in 1990 and did not have it reinstated, prosecutors said. He treated clients out of an office in downtown Washington, however, from early 1993 until September 1998.
Prosecutors said Gropp collected money from 28 private insurance companies even though he was not entitled to do so because he was unlicensed. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to mail fraud and practicing medicine without a license. He could face up to six years in prison and a $260,000 fine when he is sentenced Jan. 7 by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.
Springfield Man Dead; 2nd Driver Charged
A Springfield man was killed late Monday when the car he was driving was hit by a van whose driver, who allegedly was drunk, ran a red light.
Fairfax County police said Jerry V. Witt, 64, of the 8500 block of Ivy Bridge Court, was driving his 1990 Toyota east on Spring Garden Drive about 10 p.m. Monday when his vehicle entered the intersection with Backlick Road. As Witt started to turn left onto Backlick, police said, his Toyota was struck by a 1992 Ford van driven by Thomas W. Morgan Jr., 27, of Cobb Island, Md.
Witt was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A passenger in Witt's Toyota, Scott W. Littlefield, 45, refused treatment. Morgan, who was not seriously injured, was charged with driving while intoxicated, authorities said.