A Virginia teenager has been accused by federal authorities of helping a man make his way to Syria to fight for ISIS, according to reports.
The Washington Post says the 17-year-old was taken into custody by FBI agents who raided his home in Woodbridge, about 20 miles south of Washington D.C., Friday afternoon. The paper reported that the boy, whose name has not been released, is currently charged as a juvenile, but prosecutors are working to move the case into adult court.
The Post, citing both officials and neighbors, reported that investigators had set up surveillance around the boy's house for more than a month before Friday's arrest. Officials said that investigators are also looking into another 17-year-old who goes to the same high school as the suspect.
Officials alleged to the Post that the teen used online contacts associated with ISIS to help arrange travel for another person. WTTG reported that investigators believe friend the suspect assisted is 18 years old, but did not elaborate on details of their relationship. Officials say the man who traveled to Syria will be publicly indicted in the coming days.
On Wednesday, Osbourn Park High School Principal Neil Beech sent a letter to parents and staffers informing them of the arrest.
"We can say that PWCS has not been advised of any threat to the safety of students, employees, or our schools related to issues raised by this reported arrest," the statement read in part. "There is no indication that our students are being specifically targeted to support extremist causes."