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Child molestation case goes to grand jury

Correction: A story appearing Aug. 8 quoted a note from a court document stating that it was unclear if accused child molester Mikhail Osterfeld would maintain his top secret security access as part of his work with the Joint IED Defeat Organization on the JIEDDO Comprehensive Support Services, Task Order 4 in Afghanistan (Regional Command-South.) A spokesman for the organization says Osterfeld was no longer employed by the JIEEDO or the Defense Department as of July 16 and, by regulation, lost his security clearance as a result of being charged with a felony.

By Joe Beck

A Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury will consider a possible indictment of a Woodstock man on a charge of aggravated sexual battery against a child younger than 13.

The case against Mikhail Osterfeld, 37, was certified for presentation to the grand jury after a preliminary hearing earlier this month. The grand jury presentation is scheduled for Aug. 28.

Osterfeld, 37, of 221 Waterbrook Court, Woodstock, molested one of two girls, who accompanied him for a walk between 3 and 5 p.m. July 9, according to the criminal complaint.

The criminal complaint states that Osterfeld told the girls, ages 5 and 7, they could take their clothes off if they wanted to swim in a neighborhood creek.

One of the girls entered the water in her underwear while the other went into the creek fully clothed, according to the complaint.

Osterfeld sexually assaulted the 5-year-old girl in a woods after she had gone swimming, the complaint states.

Court documents filed Aug. 12 clarified uncertainty over Osterfeld's criminal record in Georgia and shed light on other parts of his background.

The records show Osterfeld entered an Alford plea to one count of first degree cruelty to children on June 24, 2010, a charge that led to a suspended prison sentence of five years, five years probation and enrollment in a first offender program.

An Alford plead constitutes an admission by the defendant that the prosecution has enough evidence to obtain a conviction from a jury, although the defendant still maintains his innocence.

On Jan. 13, a judge in Georgia, in response to a request by Osterfeld, signed an order exonerating him of any "criminal purpose" in the child cruelty case.

"Defendant shall not be considered to have a criminal conviction," the order states.

The court file also contains a document listing Osterfeld's employer as SRA and a statement from Bill Dorr, identified as a project manager with SRA International, Inc., a Fairfax-based company.

The website for SRA International describes it as a company that specializes in providing services to civilian, defense, health, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security agencies.

Dorr's note, filed on July 12, states that Osterfeld worked as an "operations research analyst to the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) client on the JIEDDO Comprehensive Support Services, Task Order 4 in Afghanistan (Regional Command-South).

The note states that Osterfeld was expected to leave the United States on July 11 "and was scheduled to support this contract through . . . its period of performance," ending on April 12, 2014.

"At this point, it is still unclear if Mikhail will maintain his Top Secret clearance," Dorr wrote.

A bail determination document filed in the case lists Osterfeld's income as $250,000 per year "while deployed."

Other records in the court file list Osterfeld as a former Army captain.

Osterfeld remained in the Shenandoah County Jail on a $50,000 secure bond as of Tuesday.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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