- The Washington Times - Monday, October 20, 2003

A D.C. police officer is expected to be placed on administrative leave after being charged with inappropriate behavior with children at his Falls Church home, authorities said yesterday.

Officer David E. Parnigoni, who joined the Metropolitan Police Department 14 months ago, was charged yesterday in Fairfax County with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to Fairfax County police, they have spoken with two 11-year-old boys who recounted incidents at Officer Parnigoni’s home.

According to investigators, Officer Parnigoni — who is single — organized several overnight visits to his home that would include groups of boys he coached in a D.C. youth league. During the gatherings, Officer Parnigoni would encourage the boys to take part in games of challenge, with the loser having to disrobe and run throughout the house.

“This case is still under investigation, and we still want to talk to people who may have information,” said Fairfax County Officer Cheryl Farrell. Investigators said the last incident they know of happened in the spring.

Officer Farrell said it would be “inappropriate” for the boys or Officer Parnigoni to disrobe. The charges are considered Class 1 misdemeanors, which carry penalties of up to one year in jail and fines of up to $25,000. None of the juveniles who visited his home has been charged.

Although the investigation remains open, the charges do not include any acts that might be perceived as sexual abuse.

Officer Parnigoni, 33, coached little league in the District until the charges against him became known. Yesterday, he was interviewed by Fairfax County detectives, charged and released on an unsecured $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

“We got involved in the case because the incidents allegedly occurred in our jurisdiction,” Officer Farrell said.

The investigation apparently began more than one month ago.

Officer Parnigoni was reassigned to desk duty from the patrol division in the 4th Police District on Sept. 15.

If placed on administrative leave, Officer Parnigoni would continue to be paid pending a personnel review, which normally would not occur until outstanding criminal charges are resolved.

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