- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 26, 2008


Ex-Senate aide sentenced for kid porn

A former Senate aide has been sentenced to three years in prison for possessing child pornography.

James Michael McHaney, 28, of the District, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court, the U.S. attorney’s office said. He was fired from his job as a scheduler for Sen. Maria Cantwell, Washington Democrat, after his arrest last year.

McHaney tried to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old boy last November, prosecutors said. Police later found child pornography in his car and home.

He was first charged with attempting to sexually exploit a minor, but pleaded guilty in February to a reduced charge of possession of child pornography.

Besides prison time, McHaney was sentenced to serve 10 years of supervised release.



Brothel shut; women brought from Mexico

Police said they closed a brothel that used Mexican women imported into the country through Durham, N.C.

A raid last month resulted in the arrest of Carlos Silot, 39, and two suspected prostitutes. Women in the prostitution ring worked seven days before they were returned to Durham and exchanged for new sex workers, according to court documents.

The three were charged with misdemeanors and were released on bail pending a November court hearing.

Maryland has strengthened its human-trafficking statute for child prostitutes, changing the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony, said Assistant State’s Attorney Joyce Lombardi, who helped form the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force last year. However, Miss Lombardi said the charge for adults operating prostitution rings is pandering, a misdemeanor.



McCain brother quits over 911 call

The brother of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain says he is withdrawing from campaign activities after calling 911 to complain about traffic.

Alexandria resident Joe McCain told WTOP-FM on Friday that he “could not be more remorseful” for making the call.

He said he was returning from a campaign event in Philadelphia about 2 a.m. Saturday when he got stuck in traffic at the Wilson Bridge.

Frustrated, Mr. McCain said he called 911 to figure out what was going on. He also called the Alexandria Police Department to ask about the bridge traffic.

He told WTOP his decision was irrational and will write an apology to the 911 operator and Alexandria Police.

The following is a partial transcript of the 911 call:

Operator: “911, state your emergency.”

Mr. McCain: “Well, it’s not an emergency, but do you know why on one side at the … drawbridge of 95 traffic is stopped for 15 minutes and yet traffic’s coming the other way?”

Operator: “Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic?”

Mr. McCain then uttered an expletive and hung up.


Body of missing police diver found

Fairfax County police say they have recovered the body of a missing police officer in Pohick Bay.

On Saturday, divers located 2nd Lt. Frank Stecco, who failed to resurface during a helicopter water-rescue exercise on Tuesday, police spokesman Eddy Azcarate said.

Authorities are documenting the scene and recovering the body, he said.

Lt. Stecco volunteered to portray a victim during the training exercise.


Maryland tanks set to move on Virginia

A $31 million Army Ordnance Museum is coming to Virginia’s Fort Lee from Maryland.

The move from the Aberdeen Proving Ground will bring about 175 tanks and cannons to Fort Lee here.

Fort Lee already is home to the Quartermaster Museum and the Army Women’s Museum.

The Army expects to award the contract for the Ordnance Museum’s construction next fall and begin work in late winter 2010. The museum should be ready for visitors in May 2011.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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