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A music teacher who was facing charges of sexually abusing former students was found dead Wednesday (June 19).

Back in April, Fairfax County police arrested Jeffrey Cummins, the owner of the Huntington Learning Centers franchises in Tysons and Springfield, on charges of sexually abusing two former students.

After detectives found multiple victims, Cummins made arrangements to surrender himself to police on Tuesday (June 18), but he never arrived, according to the police department.

The next day, Cummins was found dead near Warsaw, Virginia. At the time of his death, he was facing eight felony counts and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

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Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau began their investigation in May 2018 when a juvenile disclosed being inappropriately touched by Jeffrey Cummins over a period of several years. In January, another victim came forward and also disclosed being abused for several years by Cummins.

Detectives discovered four additional victims who came forward and disclosed they had also been sexually abused by Cummins between 1987 to 2017. On Tuesday, June 18, nine additional felony warrants were obtained for Cummins.  The charges included eight counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and one count of aggravated sexual battery…

Cummins was a private music teacher and gave lessons in his home in Annandale. He was also the founder and artistic director of Virginia Music Adventures, a traveling music group for school-age children. The investigation showed that the sexual abuse occurred both during music lessons and at other times when the juveniles were at his home. Cummins was also the owner of two Huntington Learning Centers, one located in Tysons and one in Springfield.  He taught at Langley School in McLean, Green Hedges School in Vienna and Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Virginia State Police are investigating his death and “at this stage of the investigation, no foul play is suspected,” according to FCPD.

The Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond will complete an examination and autopsy.

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(Updated 2:35 p.m.) Falls Church Police have made two arrests after they say a massage parlor customer was sexually assaulted.

“Police responded to Rainbow Massage (800 W Broad St., Unit 101) after a victim reported inappropriate touching during a massage,” according to a police press release.

On Friday (April 19) police arrested 60-year-old Dongfang Chen and 55-year-old Zao Wen Xie. Chen was charged with Sexual Battery and Massage Permit Violations. Xie was charged with allowing an Unlicensed Massage.

Detectives believe there may be more victims, the press release says. Anyone with information can contact the City of Falls Church Police at 703-248-5053.

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Per City Code Sec. 8-74, a massage establishment must have a permit to operate in the City of Falls Church. All massage therapists must be certified by both the Virginia Board of Nursing and have a massage therapist permit from the City of Falls Church. Customers have the right to view all appropriate permits and licenses upon request.

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An Annandale man is facing a litany of charges, including sexual assault, in connection with a weekend incident at the Wolf Trap Hotel in Vienna.

Police were called to the hotel at 430 Maple Avenue W. early this past Sunday morning “for a report of a sexual assault” in one of the hotel rooms.

More from this week’s Vienna police department crime report:

The officers found the room in disarray with furniture overturned and damage throughout the room. A woman advised the officers that an acquaintance picked her and her sister up from their home and transported them to the hotel where they used drugs, and she fell asleep. She woke up to find her sister had left the room and the acquaintance was angry, stating his money was missing. The acquaintance began destroying property throughout the room, assaulted the woman and prevented her from leaving. The assault was interrupted when an unknown person came to the room to investigate the noise.

MPO Shaw arrested the 29-year-old man from Guinea Road in Annandale, Virginia. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was charged with Sexual Assault, Abduction, Simple Assault and Possession of Marijuana.

The aging hotel is set to be redeveloped into a four-story, mixed-use residential building, though the Vienna Town Council’s approval of that development was controversial due to resident opposition.

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Morning Notes

Mom Has Daughter Arrested for Theft — “A woman living in the 600 block of Gibson Circle, S.W., told Vienna police on Sept. 27 at 12:30 a.m. that her juvenile daughter allegedly had stolen her cell phone and punched a hole in a wall. The resident advised police she wished to pursue charges.” [InsideNova]

Uptick in Sexual Harassment Reports at FCPS — “The 2017-2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey found that 14.2 percent of students reported being sexually harassed in the past year, an increase of a full percentage point from the 13.2 percent in the survey issued during the 2016-2017 school year. Female students are three times more likely than male students to report experiencing sexual harassment as 20.8 percent of girls said they had been harassed compared to 7.3 percent of boys.” [Fairfax County Times]

Hurricane Michael Could Soak Region — The remnants of Hurricane Michael, which is on a collision course with the Florida panhandle, could bring an inch or so of rain to Fairfax County between late Wednesday night and Friday. [Capital Weather Gang]

Tysons Firm Announces Merger — Tysons-based Telarix Inc. last week “announced its merger with Starhome Mach, the leading global provider of SaaS wholesale and retail roaming, clearing, settlement and fraud prevention solutions.” The combined company will be headquartered in Tysons. [Starhome Mach]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month in FFX — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Fairfax County held an event to remind residents to “make the call to end domestic violence.” The county’s 24-hour domestic and sexual violence hotline is 703-360-7273. [YouTube]

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