Laurence Einuis… Guilty and in Prison

Laurence Einuis -- Photo by Virginia.gov
Laurence Einuis — Photo by Virginia.gov

In June of 2014 I wrote a few articles about an old high school teacher of mine named Laurence Einuis from West Springfield High School who took local media in Northern Virginia by storm when he was arrested.  Mr. Einuis was a longstanding educator, mentor and band director in the Springfield, VA community in which he taught.

That’s why it was an absolute shock and came as a heartbreak to those of us he taught when we learned that he was being accused of soliciting a minor through an electronic communications device for sexual purposes.

Articles flooded out about him being arrested on June 4, 2014 and charged, but following his November 2014 court dates I was unable to find any update on his trial. Was he found guilty or innocent? Was the case postponed or thrown-out? What was going on with the case?

I guess it wasn’t important enough to continue receiving attention from local media in Fairfax County, but I recently received an email from a reader of my blog letting me know that she stumbled upon the answers to all my questions on a website I wish she hadn’t.

You see, I personally held out hope for Mr. Einuis. I wanted this to be a mistake or misunderstanding of some sort. Yet, he has been found guilty.

That is right. According to the Virginia State Police Department’s Sex Offender Registry Laurence Einuis was found guilty on January 7, 2015 of taking indecent liberties with a child by a custodian and propose sex act by communications system and is now incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

It’s a sad ending to a sad situation. My thoughts go out to the families that have had to deal with this and were effected by this and to Mr. Einuis’ family who have had to suffer through this as well.