ARLINGTON COUNTYEx-ACLU Head Seized in Porn CaseAn Arlington County youth sports coach and former ACLU chapter president was arrested on child pornography charges by federal agents who accused him of viewing Web sites filled with explicit images of pre-pubescent girls. Charles Rust-Tierney, 51, of Arlington was charged with receipt and possession of child pornography. He was ordered detained pending a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Prosecutors said Rust-Tierney coaches various youth sports teams in and around Arlington. A 2002 Virginia ACLU newsletter identified him as the group's president.
-- Jerry Markon FAIRFAX COUNTYCustodian Accused of Sex CrimeFairfax County police have charged a high school custodian with fondling another custodian after he cornered her in a supply closet last month. Jose E. Tobar, 57, of Alexandria, followed the 30-year-old Falls Church woman into the closet at Langley High School on Jan. 5 and "touched her inappropriately," county police said in a news release.
The woman raised her voice and was let out of the closet. Tobar, who was her supervisor, was charged Wednesday with sexual battery, which is a misdemeanor.
-- Fredrick KunkleMissing Woman Still Being SoughtFairfax County police are again issuing a public call for help in tracking down a 50-year-old woman who disappeared from the Kingstowne area six months ago. Qaisra Khan, also known as Qaisra Shahbaz, was last seen Aug. 26, when she might have wandered from her home in the 6200 block of William Edgar Drive, police said. She had no credit card, no cellphone, no passport and no shoes when she left, police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan said. She might have been disoriented and might not have her medication with her, police said.
Khan is described as white, 5 foot 3 and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark green and black dress and a light green shawl, police said. Anyone with information was asked to call police at 703-691-2131.
-- Fredrick KunklePET CREMATORIUMMan Accused of Improper DisposalA man who allegedly dumped more than 70 dead dogs, cats and other animals from a Chantilly pet crematorium on national forestlands in West Virginia has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Ronald Lee Henry Jr., 39, of Woodstock, Va., could get 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of willful depredation of the George Washington and Jefferson national forests, prosecutors said.
The indictment handed up this week in Elkins, W.Va., says the dumping occurred Dec. 30, 2005, in Hardy County.
"Instead of burying or cremating the dear little darlings, he was dumping them alongside the road," Hardy County Sheriff Robert Ferrell said.
Russell D. Harman, owner of Family Pet Cremations in Chantilly, acknowledged that Henry was working for him as a subcontractor at the time of the West Virginia offenses, but he declined to comment on the indictment.
-- Associated PressHORSE QUARANTINEHerpes Virus Outbreak SuspectedThree counties and Quantico Marine Corps Base are now under a horse quarantine because of a suspected infection of the neurologic form of equine herpes virus, officials said yesterday. The quarantine involves 175 horses and includes Virginia Tech's equine medical center in Leesburg. The quarantined counties are Culpeper, Fauquier and Loudoun. A Northern Virginia hunt was also canceled as a precaution.
One horse in Fauquier and two in Loudoun have shown signs of EHV-1, but the disease has not been confirmed in any of the animals. EHV-1 poses no known health threat to humans, officials said.
-- Associated Press