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Week in Fairfax

Grand Jury Indicts Requejo

A Fairfax man charged with sexually molesting a child has been indicted by a Fairfax County grand jury. He is Eduardo Requejo, 23, of Warwick Avenue.

Besides working as a swimming instructor at the Oak Marr Rec Center in Fairfax since 2005, he was also a swim coach throughout the Fairfax community. But on July 15, Fairfax County police charged Requejo with two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

However, authorities say the alleged offenses didn’t happen at his worksite; the child is an acquaintance and wasn’t one of his students. The alleged victim is a 7-year-old girl, and police say the offenses reportedly occurred on March 1 and July 2.

On July 25, Requejo waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He was then indicted by the grand jury, Aug. 19, and is scheduled to enter a plea, Oct. 10, in Circuit Court.

Woodson’s Yearbook Wins All-American Rating

Woodson High’s yearbook, the Cavalier, has earned an All-American rating with four marks of distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). The All-American rating is the highest rating given to any publication in NSPA’s critique service. Staff members received high praise for their work from a judge who noted that the staff “took a chance by being non-traditional.”

Helping Keep Children Safe

City of Fairfax police, in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Fairfax, will be offering Safe Assured identification kits for children on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at police headquarters at 3730 Old Lee Highway.

Parents will receive a full-color photo ID and a mini-CD containing digital fingerprints, a digital photo, video showing movement and mannerisms, a general physical description, vital personal information and a family code word. Private information is encrypted and accessible only by law-enforcement personnel.

Missing-persons posters can be created and printed directly from the CD in English, Spanish and French. The Safe Assured ID kits can also be used as a valuable aid for adults with special needs. The kits are free and an appointment is necessary. Call Sgt. Kyle Penman at 703-273-2889 for further information and to make appointments.

Prevent Bicycle Thefts

Fairfax County police warn residents to take precautions to protect their bicycles from thieves. Crime analysts report an approximately 36-percent increase in the number of stolen bicycles over last year at this time.

Many bikes are taken when residents leave their garage doors open. Crime-prevention officers suggest bicycle owners take the following precautions to help prevent becoming victims: close garage doors; buy a hardened-steel U-lock; don’t leave bicycles outside for days or nights on end; consider installing motion-sensor lights or alarms on the property; and photograph the bike and record its serial number to aid recovery if it’s stolen.

Bikes may also be registered on the National Bike Registry at http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/. Stolen bikes may be reported online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/crs/.