- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 3, 2006


Coach charged with sex abuse

A Bowie High School football coach has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl, and according to police documents, he also hired her out in the District as a prostitute.

Aaron Burroughs, 35, was ordered held without bail Tuesday during a hearing at Superior Court in the District.

The junior varsity football coach was arrested Monday night at a D.C. motel and charged with first-degree child sexual abuse.

According to charging documents, Mr. Burroughs, who is also a Metro bus driver, acknowledged having sex with the girl several times, starting in September 2005, when she was 14.

He also told authorities that he had brought the girl from Maryland to Washington so she could work as a prostitute, the documents state.

Police in Takoma Park spotted the girl and another man early Monday in a car.

The girl was paid $150 for a sex act, according to the charging documents.

The girl told officers that Mr. Burroughs was her pimp and that he had brought her to the District several times since September 2005 for prostitution.

Mr. Burroughs had rented a room at a motel on New York Avenue. Police had the girl call Mr. Burroughs and arrested him when he came to the motel.



Ex-Bush aide to plead guilty to theft

Former White House adviser Claude Allen will plead guilty tomorrow to a misdemeanor theft charge, and both prosecution and defense attorneys will ask that he serve no time in jail, according to a published report.

Mr. Allen, 45, was one of President Bush’s top domestic policy advisers in a $161,000-a-year job until he resigned in February, a month after he was arrested at a Target store near his home in Gaithersburg.

He was scheduled to go on trial in June for trying to make fraudulent returns worth at least $5,000 at Target and other stores.

But Montgomery County prosecutors and Mr. Allen’s attorneys agreed to negotiate to avoid a trial.

Mr. Allen will admit to fraudulently stealing items worth less than $500 from a Target store in Gaithersburg, according to court documents filed Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Lawyers will ask that he pay $850 in restitution to Target Corp. and serve one month on probation.

Gregory Craig, Mr. Allen’s defense attorney, refused to confirm the plea deal, saying only his client has a court hearing tomorrow morning.

Montgomery County State’s Attorney Douglas M. Gansler did not return several phone calls for comment.

According to police, Mr. Allen would buy items, take them to his car, then return to the store and choose identical items from the shelves.

Using the receipt from his first purchase, he would then return the second items and receive a refund.

He was accused of using the scheme at least 25 times, on purchases ranging from a $525 theater system to items that cost just $2.50.

Mr. Allen served as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources as part of Gov. James S. Gilmore III’s Cabinet from 1998 until March 2001.


Cabdriver helps nab robbery suspect

A man suspected in bank heist was arrested minutes later with the help of a cell phone and a cabdriver.

The holdup took place at 9 a.m. Tuesday at a downtown Farmers and Mechanics Bank branch.

When police learned the suspect had fled in a city cab en route to Baltimore, they contacted driver Rudolph Jordan, 61, on his cell phone and described the man in his back seat.

When Mr. Jordan saw police cars ahead on Interstate 70, police said he slowed the car to about 30 mph and jumped out.

The car stopped when it hit a police car, and officers arrested the suspect.

Bryan Harris, 37, was charged with armed robbery and assault.

Mr. Jordan said he was robbed at gunpoint by a passenger about six weeks ago.

“Then something like this happens,” he said. “I guess it was just the luck of the draw.”


Police release details of fatal shooting

Department of Natural Resources Police have revealed more details about a fatal shooting by an officer at a boat dock near Bellevue.

Thomas Samuel Sherwood Jr., 49, was fatally shot Monday by Officer 1st Class Hubert F. Brohawn.

DNR Police said the fatal incident began when Officer Brohawn saw Mr. Sherwood driving a car and thought Mr. Sherwood’s license had been revoked.

Officer Brohawn checked, and when he found it was revoked, he drove to Mr. Sherwood’s boat.

Police said Officer Brohawn told Mr. Sherwood he would be taken into custody for driving on a revoked license, but Mr. Sherwood got on his boat and untied the lines to the dock.

Officer Brohawn told him to stop and pulled on the vessel’s untied lines.

Police said Mr. Sherwood then put the vessel in reverse, jumped onto the dock and came toward Officer Brohawn with a car jack.

Mr. Sherwood swung the jack at Officer Brohawn three times and did not stop even when the officer drew his gun, officials said.

Officer Brohawn — a 4-year veteran of the force — has been placed on leave pending an investigation.

The shooting is thought to be the first fatal shooting involving DNR Police since the 1950s.


Man charged soliciting sex

Police arrested a man for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport yesterday.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police said David Packard, 20, was observed in the back seat of a 1992 Chevy Cavalier with the young girl.

Police said the car was parked in the airport’s observation area.

Two police officers reported they saw Mr. Packard and the girl attempting to put clothes on in the back seat of the car at about 3 a.m.

The charges were filed after police interviewed the girl.

Mr. Packard was charged with soliciting a minor for sex, sex offense fourth degree, indecent exposure, trespassing and making false statements to police.

The girl was released to her mother.


Pregnant teen assaulted by woman

A pregnant teenager was assaulted by a woman who broke into her apartment and demanded the baby, police said.

Christine Baker, 41, was arrested Friday and charged with assault for the incident.

She is accused of breaking into the apartment where a 17-year-old girl who is six months’ pregnant lived.

According to police, Miss Baker found the girl in her bedroom and yelled, “Give me your baby, I’ll take care of it.”

The woman then slapped the teenager on the stomach, said Detective Sgt. Bernard Chiominto.

The fetus is believed to have not been harmed during the encounter, officials said.

The girl, who was not identified, ran from the house and called 911, the Cecil Whig reported.

Police reported Miss Baker told them she was the one who assaulted the teen.

She was released on bond Saturday.


Study yields safety guidelines

A federally funded study in Maryland has produced safety guidelines aimed at reducing the number of deaths among firefighters in training nationwide.

The recommended measures include having a safety officer present, monitoring weather conditions such as heat and humidity, testing the physical fitness of trainees and teaching them about proper hydration.

The guidelines were developed by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in College Park, through a study funded by a $750,000 Homeland Security grant.

Studies have found that the proportion of on-duty firefighter deaths during training has risen to about 10 percent in the past decade despite a decline in the number of firefighter deaths overall.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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