- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 29, 2008



Teacher charged in child porn

A Prince William County middle school teacher was arrested and charged yesterday with producing child pornography after authorities said they discovered he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

John B. Shulick, 53, of Catlett, Va., who is a teacher at Bull Run Middle School was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Police said that they discovered videos on Mr. Shulick’s computer in which he and the Fairfax girl engaged in sex acts. They also found other images of child pornography on his computer.

Police said Mr. Shulick met the girl on the Internet. She admitted to her parents that she was having sex with Mr. Shulick after the mother’s boyfriend saw the girl getting out of a truck driven by an older man.


Accused rapist ruled incompetent

A judge yesterday ruled that a man charged with repeatedly raping an 82-year-old woman is competent to stand trial.

Circuit Judge Randy Smith ruled in the case of 43-year-old Clayton Vines. Judge Smith refused another mental evaluation and set an Aug. 25 trial for Mr. Vines, who has attempted suicide in jail.

Mr. Vines faces multiple charges of forcible sodomy, abduction, abduction with the intent to defile and burglary. Police said he got into the victim’s home in May through a broken window.

Police said Mr. Vines was arrested based on DNA evidence, fingerprints and palm prints found at the victim’s home.


Mother charged, twice lost toddlers

Suffolk police said a woman has been charged with inadequately supervising two children who wandered off twice in the same day.

Lt. Debbie George said Michelle Lynn Devine, 19, was caring for her 3-year-old son and a relative’s 5-year-old daughter Thursday when the children and a puppy left the yard.

Police were notified just after 12:30 p.m. that the children were lost.

Emergency responders searched the area and a neighbor found the children and puppy more than a mile from the residence at a warehouse through some woods and across a railroad track. The children suffered only minor scratches.

Lt. George said it was the second time Thursday that the children wandered away while under Ms. Devine’s supervision. She was charged with two counts of cruelty or injury to children.



Six charged in credit-card scam

Six Maryland residents have been indicted in an identity-theft scheme that federal prosecutors said netted more than $184,000 in goods and services and more than $1.1 million in credit.

Federal prosecutors said the scam artists gained unauthorized access to an instant-credit scoring system used by a cell-phone provider. They would enter random Social Security numbers into the service and find out the credit scores associated with those numbers, then apply for Citibank credit cards.

Prosecutors said the identity thieves would then use the cards to buy electronics, furniture and other goods and services. They’d also use them to pay their neighbors’ bills in exchange for half the face value of the bills.

Charged in the scheme were Stanley Pope, Michael Paul, Leland Glaze, Jennifer Garnsey, Tymetria Queen and Vickie Stewart. All had addresses in Glen Burnie, Md., except for Mr. Paul, who lived in Baltimore and Columbia. Each faces up to 30 years in prison for bank fraud.


Accused killer may be executed

Prosecutors in Washington County said they will seek the death penalty if a Smithsburg, Md., man is convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a police officer in December.

State’s Attorney Charles Strong said he made the decision in consultation with Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Nicholson’s family.

Defendant Douglas Pryor, 29, also is charged with first-degree murder for fatally stabbing his former girlfriend Alison Munson before confronting Mr. Nicholson.

Mr. Strong said Mr. Pryor is eligible for the death penalty because Officer Nicholson was a law-enforcement officer performing his duty, and because Mr. Pryor is accused of killing Officer Nicholson while escaping or attempting to escape from lawful arrest.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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