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Police: Man touched girl at church

By The Associated Press

Prince William County Police have charged a Dale City man with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl in church.

Officers were called to the La Gloria Church on the 13000 block of Millwood Drive in Woodbridge on Wednesday night for a report of an assault.

Police say the 12-year-old Stafford girl told police that 23-year-old German Enrique Canelas Najera, a member of the congregation, had touched her inappropriately on two occasions while attending church.

Canelas Najera is charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is being held without bond.

By The Associated Press  | November 7, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
Categories:  Pr. William  
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One questions... If this was the second or third time he had "touched" her, why didn't she say something earlier?
Watch out for those devoted church goers. I guess they have to go on Wednesday night and Sunday too so they can ask forgiveness for all their dirty little sins.


Posted by: gm2525 | November 7, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

One answer - she's twelve years old, and he probably told her to keep quiet. Most twelve-year-olds won't question the authority of an adult.

You are blaming the victim. Shame on you.

Posted by: kpharmer | November 7, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand the charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Did she break the law?

Posted by: blasmaic | November 7, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

If this occurred in a church, might it not have been just part of a ritual?

Preachers, priests and popes touch people all the time?

Posted by: clitteigh | November 8, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Was the perp 'studying' to become a minister?

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 8, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse


Any action by an adult that allows or encourages illegal behavior by a person under the age of 18, or that places children in situations that expose them to illegal behavior. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor can be as simple as keeping a child home from school and thus, making the child a truant. It also can manifest itself in more serious behavior. For example, an adult who commits a crime in the presence of a child can be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as can an adult who serves alcoholic beverages to anyone under the legal drinking age. Still more egregious is sexual exploitation, which could include having sexual relations with minors or engaging in the production or trafficking of Child Pornography.

[Not sure how authoritative this source is but at least it gives a sense for what this charge is.]

Posted by: gasdorian | November 8, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

@blasmaic, gasdorian...
This is what was called to me a long time ago as a "super-protective" law that is special for children. Simply put, a child cannot have sexual contact with an adult (note that I didn't simply say a child cannot touch an adult... children and adults cannot have sexual contact). Thus, if an adult touches a child inappropriately, they are now both involved in a crime. Because it is always illegal to touch a child, and always illegal to engage a child in illegal activity, the adult becomes responsible for not only touching the child, but also causing the child to become part of a crime.

Posted by: law3 | November 8, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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