VIRGINIA

Life sentences: An Arlington man was sentenced yesterday to 12 consecutive life sentences for sexually abusing a child -- the longest sentence handed down in the county for at least a decade, according to authorities.

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick, 50, had pleaded guilty in Arlington Circuit Court in May to seven counts of forcible sodomy, four counts of object sexual penetration and one count of abduction with intent to defile. All were felonies, according to police. He had been accused of sexually abusing a child from 2001 to 2003, police said.

Home invasion: A Great Falls family's home was invaded yesterday by men who robbed the home and tied up the four occupants, Fairfax County police said.

The incident in the 9600 block of Georgetown Pike was discovered when one of the bound victims staggered outside and was spotted by a neighbor at 6:44 a.m., police said. Investigators think the invaders had entered the home two to three hours earlier and tied up two women, ages 54 and 32, and two children, ages 4 and 5, before stealing cash and personal items, Officer Bud Walker said.

The victims told police they believed the three or four intruders were Asian and were dressed all in black, with hoods and masks, and that at least one had a gun. The victims also are of Asian descent.

Asian street gangs often commit targeted home invasions, but Walker said detectives did not know whether the case was gang-related. "The history of these type of incidents suggests the victims were staked out," he said. Fairfax had 23 home invasion robberies last year.

Held without bond: A youth minister who was charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy was held without bond yesterday by an Arlington County judge, according to the county's chief prosecutor.

Antawn McCullum, 29, who had been affiliated with Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, was charged last week with one felony count of forcible sodomy that allegedly occurred in 2002, police said. McCullum also has been charged by Fairfax County police with one felony count of forcible sodomy and one felony count of taking indecent liberties with a custodial child, police said. All charges involve the same victim, authorities said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.