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HHS Color Guard Choreographer Arrested

A Reston man, who was Herndon High School’s color guard choreographer, was arrested last week and charged with soliciting sex from minors.

Franklin Delano Perry II, 29, who lives on Saffold Way, had allegedly propositioned teenagers to perform sexual acts between December 2003 and March 2004, Fairfax County police said.

Perry is charged with three counts of solicitation to commit a felony and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship. He was arrested at his home on April 14 and is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Police said one of the incidents is believed that have occurred on school grounds. Neither police nor school officials would confirm whether the minors involved are Herndon students or members of the color guard.

Perry was hired by the Herndon High School Band Parents Association to work with the color guard; he was not an employee of Fairfax County Public Schools. His background was checked and there was no evidence found of similar allegations, said Richard Bergman, Herndon High’s band director.

"There was no evidence of any misdemeanors or anything," Bergman said. "He was supervised at all rehearsals and performances."

Bergman said the school band and color guard showed their resilience and resolve by doing their best at a recent competition in Atlanta.

"The way they performed in Atlanta — they performed with determination that said they, the color guard, is better than this individual," he said.