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Man who worked at a Northern Virginia community center is charged with rape


A man who worked at a community center in Northern Virginia has been charged with raping a mentally disabled woman and a DNA test confirmed he is the father of a child that resulted from the alleged crime, Fairfax County police said Tuesday.

Bernard Betts-King, 60, of Springfield, Va., was charged with “raping a woman through the use of her mental incapacity,” according to Fairfax County police. They said they have also identified a second potential victim.

The first incident happened in early 2018 when Betts-King worked with the victim as a behavioral specialist at the MVLE Community Center on Fullerton Road in Springfield, police said in a statement.

On its website, the center said it works to help people with disabilities find jobs or get training and also provides other social services.

MVLE said in a statement Tuesday that Betts-King had been fired and it is taking the situation “very seriously.”

“We are fully cooperating with the authorities, and because this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to give any further comments at this time,” the statement read.

Betts-King also worked for Community Living Alternatives in Fairfax, police said. Officials there did not immediately respond to requests for comment and it was not immediately clear whether he was still an employee.

Officials said both employers have cooperated with the police investigation.

Betts-King is being held without bond at the county jail. Police said there may be other victims, and anyone with information is asked to call 703-246-7800.

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