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Mistrial in Diamond Case

Fairfax County Judge Stanley P. Klein declared a mistrial last month in the case against Reston resident Aaron M. Diamond, who a jury found guilty in January of molesting a 10-year-old girl. The jury recommended Diamond be given the minimum sentence of one year in jail.

The mistrial, declared Feb. 2, was called because one of the documents that should have been revised for the jury, didn’t get completely revised, said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Toni Faye. “It was a mistake,” she said, adding that the mistrial ruling was “unfortunate.”

John Boneta, the attorney who represents Diamond, said the first trial was close because the jury considered evidence it never should have seen. “I’m happy we get another chance to exonerate [Diamond],” said Boneta.

Diamond, 42, married with two sons, 2 and 4 years old, was charged in August 2004 with aggravated sexual battery after a two-month police investigation of the alleged incident that took place when Diamond and his wife babysat the victim Feb. 12, 2004. During Diamond’s three-day trial, the victim testified before the jury that Diamond fondled her in his family room while her younger 8-year-old sibling and Diamond’s 4-year-old son played a video game. The victim didn’t tell her parents about the incident until June 13.

On June 29, the police set up a sting phone call between the victim’s mother and Diamond. During the 20-minute call, Diamond denied the accusation 43 times. In subsequent interviews with police, Diamond denied the charges. Diamond’s new trial will begin April 24, the same week he was scheduled for sentencing.

—Jason Hartke

The Campus at Sunrise Sold

CarrAmerica sold the 253,800-square-foot The Campus at Sunrise for $51.9 million, or about $204 per square foot, to BPG Properties Ltd. The office complex, which was built between 1987 and 1989, is comprised of three buildings: 11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, 11180 Sunrise Valley Drive, and 11190 Sunrise Valley Drive.

CarrAmerica, which will continue to be the property manager at the site, bought the property in 1996 for $42.6 million and had invested more than $8 million in improvements.

Meet the Candidates

As a community service to Reston Association members, the Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners will present a Meet the RA Board Candidates Forum on Thursday, March 9 at the Gallery of the Lake Anne RCC. There will be a member and guest social beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. and all seven Candidates for the RA Board have been invited to speak. The meeting will be complementary to the other candidate forums scheduled before the election. Candidates will have an opportunity to present their views on questions and issues of specific interest to ARCH Members. All interested people are welcome to attend and submit questions to the candidates.

Correction

In the Feb. 22 Reston Connection, the article “2006 Board of Directors Election” incorrectly stated the number of vacancies on the board. There are three vacancies on the Reston Association board that will be decided.

Clarification

In the Feb.22 Reston Connection, the article “ARCH Hopes for RA Sweep” called three candidates on the board of the Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners running for the Reston Association Board an "unofficial slate."

The candidates — Richard Chew, George Kain and Gerald Volloy — have not been endorsed by ARCH. As a bipartisan organization, ARCH does not endorse candidates.