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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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Office: (804)786-0147 
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HOPEWELL MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR COMPUTER SOLICITATION OF A MINOR

~ Man solicited minor using Craigslist ~

RICHMOND (June 19, 2015) - A Hopewell Man, Michael Malone, Jr., 38, plead guilty of felony computer solicitation of a minor and was sentence to 10 years in prison with 5 years suspended by Circuit Court Judge Thomas V. Warren. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after a successful prosecution by Assistant Attorneys General Brittany Jones and Stacey Rohrs with cooperation from the Amelia County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

 

"I am pleased justice has been served and this criminal is behind bars where he cannot harm any children," said Attorney General Mark R. Herring. "People who seek to rob children of their innocence by soliciting and manipulating them through the Internet deserve to be punished and I am proud of the hard work of the officers, investigators and prosecutors involved in this case."

 

Evidence presented in court showed that the defendant was identified through an undercover investigation by a law enforcement officer into the online solicitation of children on Craigslist.  In April 2014, the officer came across an ad in the "Casual Encounters" section of Craigslist, posted by Malone, seeking to have casual sex with a female "of any age".  The officer responded to the defendant's ad posing as a 13 year-old girl. Malone exchanged email and text messages with the undercover officer and arranged to meet in Amelia County for a sexual encounter. Malone arrived at the prearranged meeting location with a newly purchased box of condoms and a six-pack of beer. In an interview with law enforcement, Malone voluntarily admitted to communicating with what he thought was a 13 year-old girl for the purpose of meeting her for sex.

 

This case was investigated by officers with the Amelia County Sheriff's Office, as part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant Attorneys General Brittany Jones and Stacey Rohrs of the Virginia Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Amelia County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

 

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the Attorney General of Virginia at www.oag.state.va.us.

 

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