McLean High Grad Charged with Soliciting Sex From Minor
Nathan Portnoy allegedly met 12-year-old Bethesda girl online, held relationship for three months
Nathan Portnoy, a McLean High School Class of 2007 graduate and an Iraq War veteran who recently made news trying to save a Falls Church teenager electrocuted during the derecho, has been accused of having a relationship with a 12-year-old Bethesda girl online, asking to have sex with her, and then pointing a gun at her family members near a Bethesda park where the two met.
Montgomery County (Md.) police said in a release last week Portnoy, 23, now a Falls Church resident, has been charged with first degree assault, kidnapping of a child under 16 and sexual solicitation of a minor in the Aug. 24 incident.
According to police, Portnoy and the 12-year-old victim talked for about three months online and on the phone before the incident, and the girl portrayed herself as an adult during the conversations. He asked the girl to have sex during several phone conversations, and then suggested they meet, police said.
The two met at a Bethesda park around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and played soccer, according to police. Portnoy then suggested the two go to dinner and the victim got in Portnoy’s car.
After driving a short distance, police said the girl asked Portnoy to pull over and got out. Some of the girl’s family members who were driving in the area saw the girl getting out of the car, and began to follow it.
Portnoy pointed a gun at the family members through the back window of the car, according to the release, and the family members called police.
Portnoy was arrested on Aug. 25 as he was driving his car near his Virginia home, police said. Montgomery County police used vehicle registration records to identify him as a suspect in the case, they said.
Authorities found a loaded handgun, ammunition, gun holsters, handcuffs, zip ties, rope, a black ski mask, and several boxes of condoms after searching Portnoy’s car Aug. 30, according to the MCPD release.
McLean Patch talked to Portnoy for a January article after he returned from the Middle East in November 2011.
“I decided to pursue a childhood dream," he said about his decision to join the National Guard. “When I was a kid I always wanted to be a solider."
In another story, Portnoy was recognized as a good Samaritan after he tried to save a Falls Church teenager who was electrocuted during the June 29 derecho. He performed CPR on Dylan Shawn Cooper, 19, but the teenager died from his injuries days after the storm.
During the January interview about his Iraq War experiences, Portnoy told Patch he hoped to find a job and return to school this fall.
"My experience in the army has been quite an adventure," Portnoy said. "It has taught me much. It has helped motivate me for the future."
Portnoy is currently in custody in Virginia awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.
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