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Attorney General of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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FORMER HENRICO MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY TO COMPUTER SOLICITATION OF A MINOR

RICHMOND (September 28, 2018) – Jeffrey Michael Lazenby, 32, of Prince Edward County, pled guilty yesterday to nine counts of computer solicitation of a minor in Prince Edward Circuit Court. He will be sentenced on January 9, 2019 and will face a mandatory minimum term of five years of imprisonment. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after Lazenby’s admittance of guilt was accepted by Prince Edward Circuit Court Judge Donald Blessing.

 

“Individuals who try to rob children of their innocence through online solicitations should be punished for their disgusting crimes,” said Attorney General Herring. “My office and I will continue working to make sure men like this are placed behind bars where they cannot harm any more children. I want to extend my thanks to the officers, investigators and prosecutors who were involved in this case.”

 

Evidence presented in court showed that in May 2017, Lazenby was identified by administrators at Quioccasin Middle School in Henrico County, where he was a band teacher, through an anonymous email naming him as the perpetrator of inappropriate contact with a minor. Upon notifying law enforcement, investigators interviewed Lazenby, who admitted to communicating with the minor. Further evidence showed that Lazenby met the minor on an adult sex chat website, initially believing her to be over 18 years old. After moving their chats to Facebook Messenger, the minor revealed that she was actually a 16-year-old living in Pennsylvania. Lazenby acknowledged her age and regularly instructed the girl to perform sexual acts between March and May 2017. 

 

This case was investigated by the Henrico County Police Department and Virginia State Police, as part of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Prince Edward Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. 

 

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