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Therapist convicted for sexually abusing teen patient


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Arlington therapist has been convicted of six felonies in connection to the sexual abuse of a minor who was his patient.

Garry Stephen Hankins, age 45 of Arlington was convicted of six total counts of felony indecent liberties by a custodian in connection to with acts committed on April 3rd, 2014 and April 10th, 2014.

The jury in Hankins case found that while working as a social worker and therapist in Alexandria Hankins engaged in sexual conduct and acts with his 17-year-old patient.

Hankins exposed himself to his the victim, proposed sexual contact, and sexually abused the victim, the jury found.

A sentence of 10 year in prison, 20 months for each of the six counts, was recommended by the jury.

Preserving Dignity: Help women impacted by Boko Haram attacks


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Boko Haram and the people impacted by the attacks are constantly topics in the news and on social media. Now you can do your part and help women and girls impacted by the crisis right in the District.

As of February 2015, the attacks by Boko Haram has resulted in the in the relocation of more than 100,000 Nigerian refugees and Nigerien returnees, according to IEDA Relief based out of Arlington, Va.

The humanitarian crisis started in April 2013 and has left families without basic toiletry items including toothbrushes, women's sanitary products and soap.

Marine Corps Memorial to be restored after $5.4M donation


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The famous bronze U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial overlooking Washington that depicts Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II has begun turning green with age but now will be restored with a $5.37 million gift.

Philanthropist David Rubenstein announced Wednesday that he will give the National Park Foundation the funds needed to wash, wax and restore the memorial and refurbish its plaza and landscaping. Improvements are also planned for the memorial's signage and access for visitors. The project will also restore the memorial's engravings to be much brighter.

Hair found at Arlington mom's murder scene may ID killer


ARLINGTON (WUSA9) -- Hair found on an Arlington mother's leg and in her hand may help officials identify her killer, new court documents show.

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Bonnie Black's throat had been cut, according to the affidavit for the search warrant. The 42-year-old single mother, Bonnie Black, was found dead in her Arlington home located in the 1100 block of 18th Street South, police said.

Va. man sentenced for production, possession of child porn


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 29-year-old Arlington man was sentenced to 16 years in prison Friday for producing and possession of child pornography, officials said.

Patrick Joseph Friedel, 29, of Arlington was sentenced to 192 months, followed by 10 years of supervised release, United States Attorney's Office of Eastern District of Virginia announced Friday.

Friedel pleaded guilty on January 16, 2014, the attorney's office stated. He met five young teenagers on the Internet and exchanged sexually explicit images with the teenagers, officials said. Friedel sent the victims pictures of other minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He threatened the victims to post images online and if not he'd inform parents about the minor's activities.

Va. housing inspector inappropriately touches victim during inspection


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Arlington County housing inspector was arrested in connection with touching a female victim inappropriately during a home inspection on April 14, 2015, officials said.

Olaseni Cole, 54, is being charged with sexual battery stemming for an incident that happened during a home inspection in the 3900 block of 8th Street South. Cole was arrested and is being held without bond, according to Arlington County police.

Police are investigating the incident and are looking for other victims.

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Arlington filmmaker wants to stamp out 'R-word'


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- It's a word so hurtful it's often referred to by its first letter. One Arlington filmmaker is devoting her life to making a film she hopes will open people's eyes about how the R-word hurts people with intellectual disabilities.

The issue is a personal one for Amanda Lukoff. Her sister Gabrielle has Down Syndrome, and she desperately wants people to think twice before they use the word 'retard' or call someone or something 'retarded,'

"Kids nowadays are growing up saying it. They're hearing their parents say it, and their friends at school. They're hearing it on the bus, hearing it all over TV and movies, so people are desensitized. People just don't realize. So that is why we are making this film," Lukoff said.

Gabrielle wants people to know she's independent, has traveled inside and outside the country and has feelings, just like everyone else.