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Gordonsville Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

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A Gordonsville man is headed to prison for soliciting pornographic pictures from underage boys. James Dollins did it by posing as a female UVA undergrad via a fake Facebook profile.

Prosecutors say Dollins has dozens of victims, possibly as many of 100 boys. Now investigators hope his cooperation can help them get into the mind of a child sexual predator.

Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire makes his point clear on the conviction of child predator James Dollins. "This is a fair resolution to the case, because Mr. Dollins is tantamount to spending the rest of his life in prison, and the children will not have to be required to come to court to testify," he said.

Dollins, 43 years old, pleaded guilty Wednesday to 10 counts of soliciting sexual images from children and 5 counts of reproducing child porn. He will spend 30 years behind bars for the crimes that started on Facebook in December of 2010. Investigators say Dollins posed as a sexy female University of Virginia undergrad named Kelly Redkin, using photos he found on a porn site. Dollins used the fake profile to convince as many as 100 boys between the ages of 13 and 17 to send him dirty photos.

McGuire stated, "James Dollins was able to prey on his victims geographically close to him, so if he wanted to follow up on an act of touching them, he would have been able to."

Investigators have no evidence that Dollins ever met any boys face-to-face but he lured at least one to a Richmond mall and left a note from "Kelly" on the teen's car.

McGuire stated, "We found evidence on his computer that he had, at least, looked up the addresses of some of the boys, and we know he, at least, tried to meet one of the children."

Part of Dollin's plea deal requires him to submit to interviews in the future to help investigators understand how a predator thinks and acts.

McGuire said, "There may be an opportunity to educate others, to prevent this from happening in the future."

The judge sentenced Dollins to 95 years in prison. All but 30 of that were suspended because of his cooperation. Dollins will also have to pay $1,000 to each of the victims named in this case and prosecutors are working with them to provide therapy.


 

Louisa County Press Release
Rusty McGuire
Commonwealth's Attorney
County of Louisa

Louisa – Today, Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire announced the conviction of James Dollins, 43, of Gordonsville on 10 counts of solicitation to produce child pornography and 5 counts reproduction of child pornography. 

Dollins, a man, obtained images of a female from an adult web site and created an online persona using the name Kelly Redkin to contact young boys.  He posed as a 19-year-old UVA female student.   Dollins used the popular social networking website facebook.com to contact minor boys between the age ranges of 13-17 in the geographic region.  Kelly enticed the boys to send her nude pictures by making promises of a relationship.  When these requests were ignored she sent nude pictures and videos purporting to be Kelly.  He even went so far as to agree to meet some of the boys at the mall to validate he was real.  However, when the boys arrived they only found a note from Kelly with an excuse on why she could not meet in person.  The victims were shocked to learn a 43-year-old had the pictures they sent to a 19-year-old female. 

On speaking on the conviction McGuire said "in nine years of specializing in child exploitation cases this is the worst I have ever seen.  I hope this case sends a message to parents that they need to take an active role in what their children are doing online and with their cell phones.   Parents would never open their homes to a predator but when they give their children unsupervised access to computers and phones they open the door to their children's rooms and let predators walk right in."   

At 43, Dollins' sentence involves 95 years in prison with an active 30-year incarceration which is tantamount to a life sentence.  As part of the agreement he is also required to help authorities identify the children in the images and submit to future interviews and interrogations so that his behavior is better understood to prevent future exploitation of children.    

Parents should consider the following steps in protecting their children from online predators that can be found on the Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney website: 

  • Rule 1. Keep your computers located in the family room. 
  • Rule 2. Be careful of what information you post online.
  • Rule 3. Remember that people online may not be who they say they are.
  • Rule 4. Do not agree to meet a person that you came into contact with online. 
  • Rule 5. Know whether laptops in the house contain wireless internet cards.
  • Rule 6. Immediately tell your parents if you are approached online in an improper manner.
  • Rule 7. If you forget all other rules go back to Rule 1.