Ex-Teacher Convicted of Sex Charges

A former substitute teacher and onetime church pastor was convicted yesterday of federal charges stemming from sexual relationships he carried on with two teenage boys.

Kenneth "Atlantis" Long, 35, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read in U.S. District Court, capping a nine-week trial. He has been jailed since he was arrested last spring at his Northwest Washington home and now faces up to 30 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg A. Maisel said Long met one youth while teaching at Hammond Middle School in Alexandria and befriended the teenager's family by portraying himself as a mentor. He later met the second youth, another member of the family, and persuaded him to come to Washington from his native Puerto Rico, Maisel said. Long typically gave the youths clothing, alcohol or other gifts for sex, Maisel said.

Long did not testify during the trial. The jury acquitted him of a charge involving a third youth and was unable to reach a verdict on a charge involving a fourth teenager.

Long was convicted on charges that he illegally transported minors for sexual activity and kept child pornography. After his arrest, he was ousted as the pastor of Seat Pleasant Baptist Church. His attorney said she will appeal the verdict.


Route 50 Crash Kills South Riding Woman

A 40-year-old South Riding woman was killed early yesterday when her Subaru sedan was accidentally forced off the road and struck a tree, Virginia State Police said.

Elena Brunetti was driving east on Route 50 near Willard Road when the accident occurred shortly before 7 a.m., according to Sgt. Tom Martin, a police spokesman. Martin said Jeffrey Shouse, 36, of Haymarket, who was driving a 1996 Dodge pickup in the left eastbound lane, veered into Brunetti's lane, nearly striking her car and causing her to run off the road.

Brunetti was pronounced dead at the scene, Martin said. He said low visibility caused by fog and rain contributed to the accident.

Shouse has been charged with reckless driving, Martin said.


Driver Dies in Crash After Police Chase

A driver who eluded a police car last night in Camp Springs was killed when he crashed into at least one other car after the chase had ended, Prince George's County police said.

A Prince George's police officer tried to pull over the older-model Lincoln Continental on Allentown Road about 7:20 p.m. after it crossed the yellow line of the four-lane road, said Cpl. Irene Huskens, a police spokeswoman. The driver, whose identity was not released immediately, refused to stop.

Instead, he sped onto a side street with the officer in pursuit. But the officer ended the chase and let the driver flee because of dangers posed by rain-slickened roads, Huskens said.

While returning to Allentown Road, the officer saw that the Continental had crashed into a Toyota Land Cruiser, Huskens said. The driver of the Land Cruiser was in critical condition at Prince George's Hospital Center. The driver of another car was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the vehicle crashed into a curb, possibly as the driver tried to avoid the collision, police said.

The driver of the Continental was pronounced dead at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base, authorities said.