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Police: Va. man sexually assaulted 12-year-old since 2012


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Virginia man sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl multiple times since 2012, Prince William County police said.

Santos Joel Iraheta Zometa, 45, of Woodbridge, has been charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of peeping.

Officers responded to a home in the 1300 block of Bayside Ave in Woodbridge on Saturday, Sept 27 to investigate the sexual assault.

"The investigation revealed that the victim, a 12 year old girl, was sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance, on more than one occasion since 2012," according to police.

Iraheta Zometa was arrested and is being held without bond.

CARMELLOS/MONZA SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

CARMELLOS/MONZA SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Carmellos and Monza are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from Th., Oct. 2 to Oct. 31. Carmello’s will offer their ‘Go Pink’ dish of Lamb Meatballs with Fettuccine with 10 percent of the dish being donated to the American Cancer Society, while Monza is giving away 10 percent of all their pizza sales throughout October. For more information, go to www.carmellos.com or www.eatmonza.com.

“Breast cancer affects so many, whether it be a friend, mother, sister, daughter, and we’re committed to support any efforts to help eradicate and support breast cancer research,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza in Old Town Manassas, Va. “Enjoy some delicious lamb or pizza and help support breast cancer awareness,” said Pires.

Trial set for school owner, teacher accused of biting toddler


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A teacher accused of biting a 13-month-old boy and the school owner accused of failing to report it will appear in court again in December, according to Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court officials.

Goddard School teacher Theresa Brown and owner Nadia Choudry were arraigned on Thursday. Both women were arrested on Sept. 19, according to police. Brown was charged with assault & battery and Choudry was charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect.

They will appear in Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Dec. 19.

Prince William County police say that on Sept. 16, detectives responded to the the Goddard School located at 5490 Staples Mill Plaza to investigate an assault involving an employee and child that happened on Sept. 11.

Student caught carrying pellet gun near Va. school


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Woodbridge high schooler was caught with a pellet gun near Lake Ridge Middle School on Monday, Prince William County police said.

At 2:41 in the afternoon, police responded to Lake Ridge Middle School located at 12350 Mohican Rd in Woodbridge to the report of someone with a gun near the school.


The person, a student atWoodbridge Senior High School, had walked out of a nearby wooded area during a fire drill carrying the pellet gun, police said.

School staff had already detained the student before police arrived.


"No injuries were reported and the pellet gun was never pointed towards the school, students or staff," police said.

Va. youth pastor accused of sexting girl


HAYMARKET, Va. (WUSA9) -- A youth pastor at a Virginia church sent sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, Prince William County police said.

On August 20, a youth pastor at Park Valley Church located at 4500 Waverly Farm Drive used cell phone app KIK to send sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, police said.

The pastor has been identified as Vincent Gunnar Bowes, 22, of North Carolina.

No physical contact was made between the two, according to police. When church staff found out about what happened, they told police.

Bowes is charged with attempted indecent liberties with a minor and use of a communication device to facilitate certain offenses involving a minor.


MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

City of Manassas residents can now use a more convenient way of receiving and paying their utility bill online. They have the option to pay by electronic check for free or pay a nominal fee to use their credit card. As of Sept. 1, the City of Manassas had more than 800 customers that have paid bills online, and almost 500 are using e-billing, enabling electronic notifications of due dates. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Customers choosing to pay their bills by mail or in-person, can continue to do so.

For those customers who register for e-billing now through Nov. 30, they will be automatically entered for a raffle to win an Ipod Nano.

DNA links suspect to Va. attempted abduction


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man has been arrested for an attempted abduction that happened in March after DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene, Prince William County police said.

Victor Alberto Serrano, 33, is accused of strangling a 34-year-old woman and trying to force her into the back seat of a car, according to police.

It happened on the night of March 20 at a parking lot in the area of Potomac Mills Circle and Nazarene Way in Woodbridge.

The victim told police that she was about to get in her car after work when an unknown man asked her for directions, police said.