VIRGINIA

Abuse charges: A Leesburg man has been charged with sexually abusing girls at a privately run home for troubled teenagers in Fairfax County, police said yesterday.

Henri de Carlo, 40, of the 2800 block of Fort Evans Road NE had worked at the home for two years, police said. They declined to identify the home.

Three girls between 14 and 17 came forward recently to allege the misconduct, which they said occurred between June and August. De Carlo surrendered to police Thursday and was charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, police said. He was released on an unsecured bond.

MARYLAND

Shooter at large: A 44-year-old Prince George's County man was fatally shot late Thursday during what police said was an apparent robbery.

Ricardo Jimenez Santamaria of the 5800 block of Quintana Street in Riverdale was approached in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 5400 block of 56th Place in Riverdale shortly before 9:30 p.m., police said. The assailant fired one shot and ran off.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Solvers at 301-735-1111.

Murder conviction: A Prince George's Circuit Court jury convicted a Capitol Heights man yesterday of first-degree murder and a handgun violation for a fatal shooting two years ago.

The jury convicted Don Carlo Leake III, 25, in the Aug. 22, 2002, slaying of Anthony Spencer, 46. According to prosecutors, Leake started a fight with Spencer at Pard Road and Glacier Avenue in Capitol Heights. Leake then shot Spencer in the head, prosecutors said. Sentencing is Nov. 18.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.