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Stefon Christian should be held without bond, authorities say

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It was an alleged child abuse case from years ago in Manassas, where the now-adult victim says he was inspired to come forward by the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State scandal.

As ABC 7 News first reported, 48-year-old Stefon Christian, of Manassas, is a former Manassas school library assistant charged with child sexual abuse. He's facing the prospect of many more charges from other victims who have spoken to police in just the past few weeks.

Christian worked as a school assistant or library aide at Baldwin Elementary School between 1981-1999.

Prince William County prosecutors contend that Christian had contact with this victim and others through his work at the school. Christian supervised after school basketball, safety patrol and summer recreation programs at Baldwin Elementary School.

"These victims came out we know of, we had 10 separate victims that we know of that we're investigating at this time," says Paul Ebert, Prince William County Commonwealth's attorney.

Prosecutors say all the alleged victims were boys in those programs. During Friday's preliminary hearing, prosecutors said Christian should be continued to be held in jail without bond.

Ebert says Christian is currently charged with four counts of sodomy in the case that was brought to the attention of Manassas Police in November of last year.

Christian has pleaded not guilty.

A 29-year-old man says after years of silence about the alleged abuse he faced as a young boy in the mid-1990's, he came forward.

He told police the Sandusky child abuse scandal at Penn State helped him realize he needed to report the case.

Since November, other alleged victims have come to light as police continue to investigate.

In some cases, the alleged abuse dates back 25 years. The additional cases will be brought to the February Grand Jury in Prince William County.

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