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Grand jury indicts 33 in February

The Loudoun County Grand Jury in February indicted 33 individuals on crimes ranging from drunk in public to rape. Six individuals were indicted on sexual offenses, including former Loudoun County Public Schools teacher Ralph Watts Conrad III, who was charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography.

The next meeting of the grand jury is scheduled for March 10.

Some of the more noteworthy indictments are listed below.

•Ralph Watts Conrad III, now 44, of Hamilton was formally charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography. A former LCPS art teacher, working primarily at Algonkian Elementary School, Conrad was arrested Sept. 10. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was notified about Conrad's activities Aug. 20 by the Department of Homeland Security. After a three week investigation, deputies executed a search warrant, seizing a a laptop computer, a desktop computer, several servers, thumb drives, zip drives and mobile phones, uncovering enough evidence to arrest Conrad.
LCPS placed Conrad on administrative leave pending the outcome of his legal proceedings. Conrad was given a $7,500 bond Sept. 26 and is scheduled to enter a plea on April 11.

•Geovanni Amilcar Benitez-Giron of Sterling was indicted with rape and defrauding an innkeeper stemming from a Sept. 24 incident.

•Justin Tyler Cooper of Purcellville was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. Cooper was arrested Oct. 30 for his Feb. 25, 2013 offense.

•Roman S. Monzon, 20, of Frederick, Md. was indicted on five counts of abduction with intent to extort money, one count of breaking and entering while armed and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Monzon's charges arise from the April 16 home invasion in Taylorstown. Monzon, along with two other men and a 17-year-old, knocked on the door of a Loyalty Road home and forced their way inside. One of the intruders pulled a gun on the family of five inside the home, holding the family as the others stole items from inside the home. Monzon's two adult co-conspirators were indicted last month.

•Julio Saravia of Reston was indicted with 10 counts of raping a child younger than 13, with his offenses beginning Feb. 1, 2013. Saravia was apprehended Aug. 31 and is scheduled to go to trial in June.

•Edward Pomeroy Staudt Jr. of Leesburg was charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography. Staudt was arrested Oct. 29, and his attempts for bond on Nov. 6 were denied by a judge.

•Jesus Alberto Sosa Machado of Leesburg was indicted for attempted rape stemming from a July 10 incident. He is currently scheduled to enter a plea March 14.


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