VIRGINIA

Similar Name Cited in New Fairfax Arrest

Hours after Fairfax County authorities conceded they wrongly arrested and charged a Reston man with indecent exposure, county police arrested a Falls Church man with a similar name and charged him with the crime.

Police now believe James A. Brokke, 60, of the 500 block of West Great Falls Street, is the man who allegedly showed a photo of himself naked to a 16-year-old lifeguard at a Reston health club July 9. Brokke was arrested at his home about 10:30 p.m. Monday and was later released on $2,500 unsecured bond. Court records show he has a 1988 conviction in Fairfax on two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, for which he received a two-year prison sentence.

Earlier this month, Fairfax police arrested and charged James M. Brocco in connection with the July 9 incident. Like Brokke, Brocco belongs to the health club where the incident occurred, but he was not there on the day in question. Police acknowledged they did not show Brocco's photo to the lifeguard before arresting him, or check the club's attendance records, or interview Brocco before searching his home and seizing his computer and some personal items.

A judge dismissed the charge against Brocco on Monday at the request of the Fairfax commonwealth's attorney. Police returned Brocco's property but have not apologized.

THE DISTRICT

Investigator Admits Forging Vouchers

Criminal defense investigator James C. Collins pleaded guilty yesterday to forging signatures on a court voucher and, in a separate case, stealing $2,700 from a former girlfriend, the U.S. attorney's office and D.C. inspector general's office announced.

Collins, who helped defend indigent suspects in D.C. Superior Court, forged the signatures of a defense lawyer and a purported witness, collecting payment from the court. The 47-year-old Northwest Washington resident could be sentenced to as many as 3 1/2 years behind bars.

A D.C. grand jury charged Collins in June with 37 counts of forgery and nine counts of theft in the scheme to redeem vouchers used by court-appointed lawyers to claim witness fees from the court. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11 by Judge Mary Gooden Terrell.