A Fairfax County grand jury on Monday indicted six people for crimes in the local area. A seventh person was to have faced the grand jury too, but he failed to appear and the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
<bt>Ralph Shipler, 61, is the local girls soccer coach accused of producing child pornography. He lives at 3215 Ravenscraig Court in the Chantilly Highlands section of Oak Hill, and police arrested him in late September.
Court documents allege that he secretly videotaped children attending a nudist camp in Pennsylvania, in early September. They also allege that he photographed members of the team he coached, the Herndon Force — a travel soccer team for girls 13 and under — while they were nude and in various stages of undress.
Police say Shipler reportedly did so via a hole leading from the garage of his home into a bathroom where the unsuspecting girls were changing clothes — some, putting on bathing suits. He is slated for a Nov. 24 jury trial.
<bt>Another soccer coach, 41-year-old Bernard McHale — who coached girls JV and varsity soccer at Yorktown High in Arlington — is also in trouble with the law. He resides at 12023 Golf Ridge Court in Penderbrook.
Fairfax County police arrested him June 27, after a woman, now 23, accused him of committing sexual improprieties against her when she was a teen-ager and he was her soccer coach. Police charged him with one count of crimes against nature and two counts of custodial indecent liberties with a child.
Authorities say the charges stemmed from a "series of incidents" that reportedly occurred in the summer of 1997 when the alleged victim was 17. McHale is slated for a Jan. 14 jury trial.
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<bt>Kaleb S. St. Clair, 36, of 14513 Castleford Court in Centreville's Crofton Commons community, is accused of attempting to persuade an underage person to commit crimes against nature.
Police say that, in August, St. Clair reportedly tried to get three boys to watch pornographic movies with him in his home and allegedly solicited one of them for sex. St. Clair is scheduled for a jury trial, Jan. 6, in Circuit Court.
<bt>David William Yates, 26, of Sully Station, is accused of stealing the donations given by parishioners to McLean Bible Church. He resides at 5104 Woodmere Drive, No. 103, in Centreville.
He was a head usher during Sunday-evening services at the church, and police say an investigation revealed that, during the past year, he'd allegedly kept church contributions "in excess of several thousand dollars" for himself. Court documents contend that Yates allegedly put his hand in the till at least 16 times.
Police arrested him March 2, charging him with felony embezzlement. Undercover officers contacted by suspicious church officials confronted Yates at McLean Bible Church that evening and reported that he allegedly admitted "he had stolen the funds from the church." However, when Yates did not show up Monday before the grand jury, the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
<bt>Kevin Blakeney, 28, of no fixed address, is suspected of robbing the First Virginia bank on St. Germain Drive in Centreville and the Chevy Chase bank inside the Giant Foods store in the Colonnade Shopping Center on Union Mill Road.
The incidents occurred Aug. 11 and 15; a robber got tellers to give him cash at both banks and then fled. However, police obtained a photo of the suspect in the First Virginia Bank robbery and, after an investigation, they arrested Blakeney on Aug. 18, charging him with three counts of robbery and one count of grand larceny. He's scheduled to enter a plea, Dec. 2, in Circuit Court.
<bt>In August, police charged Peter Borreggine, 42, of 9617 Norfolk Ave. in Laurel, Md., with using a communication device to solicit a minor. Police say he communicated online with someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl, but was actually an undercover police detective.
Then when Borreggine allegedly made arrangements to meet the teen, Aug. 29 in Centreville, and showed up for the tryst, say police, the authorities were waiting and he was arrested. He's slated for a Jan. 5 jury trial.
<bt>Gilbert N. Colmes, 39, of 13684 Bent Tree Circle, No. 204, in Centreville, is suspected of stealing car stereos and other items from vehicles parked in September at a Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter lot in Burke.
Police charged him, Sept. 12, with several crimes — including grand larceny and possession of burglary tools — for which the grand jury indicted him. He's to have a jury trial, Dec. 9.