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Undercover sting: 11 men arrested on child exploitation charges in Va.

11 men arrested on child exploitation charges in Va. undercover online sting (Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office)

As part of a Northern Virginia task force, the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office has arrested 11 men on child exploitation and related charges as part of an undercover online operation from October 2016 to February 2017, officials say.

Members of the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Child Exploitation Unit searched for online predators on internet chatting sites, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

In each case, the men who were arrested went online and contacted individuals they thought were teenage girls. But the “girls” turned out to be undercover officers.

Believing they were going to have sex with a child, the men drove to various sites within the county to meet a "girl." They were then arrested and charged with offenses related to the solicitation of a minor child.

Under the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (NOVO/DC ICAC) Task Force, the Virginia State Police awards local law enforcement agencies with funds to pay for the operations that target internet crimes against children.

Those arrested were identified as follows:

1.) Colin Clayton, 21 of Spotsylvania Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties, Electronic Solicitation of a Minor, Possession of Marijuana and Driving Revoked.
2.) Mohammed Nuri, 20 of Spotsylvania Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.
3.) Thomas Petry, 28 of Spotsylvania Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.
4.) Austin Fowler, 26 of Stafford Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.
5.) Michael Silver, 20 no fixed addres, Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.
6.) Gabriel Hester, 33 of Caroline Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties, Electronic Solicitation of a Minor and Felony Prostitution.
7.) Stephen Redford, 27 of Amelia Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.
8.) Howard Dowden, 32 of Caroline Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.
9.) Jon-Paul Snyder, 31 of Caroline Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.
10.) Reginal Johnson, 64 of Henrico Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.
11.) Michael Miller, 62 of Spotsylvania Co., Charged with Indecent Liberties and Electronic Solicitation of a Minor.

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