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Joint Task Force Targeting Sexual Predators Leads to Multiple Arrests

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Christopher Anderson, 22, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (4 counts). Christopher Anderson, 22, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (4 counts).
Shakir A. Moore, 23, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (3 counts). Shakir A. Moore, 23, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (3 counts).
Thomas Jefferson Dudley, 55, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (2 counts). Thomas Jefferson Dudley, 55, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (2 counts).
Joseph McDaniel, 26, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child 15-18 YOA for sex (1 count). Joseph McDaniel, 26, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child 15-18 YOA for sex (1 count).
Charles Hopkins, 71, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child 15-18 YOA for sex (1 count). Charles Hopkins, 71, charged with Use of Communication System to solicit child 15-18 YOA for sex (1 count).

An undercover internet sting targeting sexual predators has led to several arrests across Virginia.

The Louisa County Sheriff's Office teamed up with officers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County to catch online predators on classified websites like craigslist. 

This joint operation is part of an ongoing effort by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Detectives posed as a 13-year-old girl. Some of the suspects traveled to meet up with the girl, only to be arrested.

Below are the people now facing charges as part of operation guardian online:

  • Shakir A. Moore, 23, Charges: Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15YOA for sex (3 Counts).
  • Thomas Jefferson Dudley, 55, Charges: Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (2 Counts).
  • Christopher Anderson, 22, Charges: Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (4 Counts).
  • Adam Toghill, 32, Charges: Use of Communication System to solicit child less than 15 YOA for sex (1 Count).
  • Joseph McDaniel, 26, Charges:Use of Communication System to solicit child 15-18 YOA for sex (1 Count)

Other indictments, March 2011:

  • Charles Hopkins, 71, Charges: Use of Communication System to solicit child 15-18 YOA for sex (1 Count).
  • Richard Wilz, 75, Charges: Possession of Child Pornography (9 Counts).
  • William Peele III, 19, Charges: Distribution of Child Pornography (5 Counts).

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