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Soccer Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division have been investigating the report of sexual abuse by a soccer coach for the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club.  Roger Misael Fernandez, age 38, of Takoma Park, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor and one count of a fourth-degree sexual offense. 

On September 15, 2010, a juvenile male reported to police that Fernandez had touched him inappropriately in March of this year at the corporate offices of the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club in Silver Spring, MD. 

Fernandez is currently a volunteer with the Northwood High School soccer team.  He has been a soccer coach since 1993 in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.  His duties with the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club involve traveling and coaching along the east coast.  Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of any inappropriate contact by Fernandez with a juvenile.

1980’s-90’s Silver Spring Serial Rapist Convicted

A jury has found Fletcher Anderson Worrell, 63, guilty of rape in the First Degree.

Worrell was recently determined to be the rapist who terrorized Silver Spring in 1986-91.  Although there may be as many as 20 victims from that time period, this is his first conviction in Montgomery County.  Worrell also has been convicted in New York and New Jersey for sexual offenses. 

He will serve a sentence of life in prison.

The State Attorney for Montgomery County, John J. McCarthy gave thanks to the Montgomery County Police Department for its investigation of the case and arrest of the defendant.

National Archives Government Contractor Gets Jail Time for Attempting to Steal Nearly $1 Million

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Robert Caleb McCray, age 44, of Silver Spring, Maryland, yesterday to 15 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, in connection with a scheme to steal $958,280.64 from the United States.  Judge Williams also ordered McCray to pay restitution of $958,280.64 and to forfeit two vehicles purchased with the proceeds of the scheme.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland  Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Aaron Collins, of the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General; and the National Archives and Records Administration Office of Inspector General.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.