Rec center manager arrested

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The head administrator of the South Run RECenter has been charged with sodomy and other related charges.

Raymond Craig Alexander, 34, was suspended from his job without pay Tuesday, July 24, and arrested the following day for allegedly sexually abusing his 15-year-old stepson.

According to Fairfax County Police, Alexander has been charged with aggravated sexual battery, forcible sodomy, and custodial indecent liberties with a child. Further charges may be brought before Alexander from another investigation, police said.

There has been no word by police on the status of the victim. Alexander is not suspected of molesting his three other children.

No one at the facility was molested by Alexander, said Fairfax County spokeswoman Merni Fitzgerald.

Alexander, who received an outstanding performance award from the Park Authority in 2005, has since been replaced by interim manager Shane Stager.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court,  the investigation also led to the arrest of a federal detainee in Union City, Ga.

The detainee, who claims to reside in Alexandria and is also a suspected pedophile, identified Alexander from numerous explicit e-mail chats that had taken place between the two men for a year and a half, according to court records.

In that document, the informant claimed that  Alexander discussed molesting his son when his mother was out of the house.

According to the affidavit,  the detainee said Alexander wrote in a chat that he was only sexually interested in little boys and that he had sexual relations with some of his sons friends.

Paul Regnier, Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman, said he was not aware of an investigation within the school system to substantiate that claim.

Despite the testimony of the informant, police officials stressed that an affidavit cannot be considered as fact because, in this case, it is the testimony of a federal detainee and not proven as fact. For instance, police said, the detainee did not correctly identify the victim.

However, police said, there was still sufficient evidence found at the house to arrest Alexander and charge him with sodomy.

Alexander has been an employee of the park authority since 1996 and was given the South Run managerial job in 2006.

Watching her 1-year-old daughter play at the center, Melora McVicker said, I wont stop coming here, but Im not going to let my guard down, either. This is a little scary, especially with all these kids that come here.

The Alexander family lives in the Alexandria part of Fairfax County.

Neighbor Charles Fisher said the Alexander family had lived in the house for two years and said of the family and Alexander, They keep to themselves. I hardly ever see them, and I wouldnt recognize him if I saw him.

Other neighbors said they had never met Alexander. The Times could not find anyone living in the area who knew the family well.

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