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The Blotter: Plea in child sex sting, 3 hurt in Arlington blaze

Ex-head of D.C. nonprofit pleads in child-sex sting

A former nonprofit director plead guilty Tuesday to entering the District for purposes of engaging in sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl.

Scott Richard Swirling, of Gaithersburg, was charged in January after he was caught in a sting run by a task force of FBI agents and D.C. police officers.

Swirling, 62, has served as executive director of the American School Counselor Association and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association.

3 hurt in Arlington blaze

A house fire in Arlington resulted in three people being taken to hospitals, authorities said.

About 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters were called to a house fire on the 2300 block of N. Dinwiddie Street. Two people had made it out of the home before firefighters arrived, and a third was rescued from a basement, said Arlington Fire Capt. Gregg Karl.

The two who had escaped on their own were taken to a hospital with possible burn injuries, Karl said. The person who was rescued from the basement was also taken to a hospital, according to Karl, but that occupant told ARLnow that she was uninjured.

It took firefighters about half an hour to bring the blaze under control, Karl said. Later Tuesday morning, firefighters were checking for hotspots and fire marshals had yet to begin investigating the cause of the flames.

Karl said that the structure was "severely damaged."

-- Naomi Jagoda and Scott McCabe