Frmr Teacher Charged with Online Solicitation of Minor, Again

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A former Western Albemarle High School teacher already facing charges is back in jail. Waynesboro police arrested John Daniel Patterson Jr. for child porn and solicitation of a minor.

This is round two of charges for Patterson. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Patterson in April when he thought he was talking to a 13-year-old boy, but it was actually a police sting.

After his first arrest, police say they discovered Patterson did have an online relationship with a real teenager. That's what Waynesboro police arrested him for Wednesday morning.

Police say he exchanged sexually explicit messages with a 14-year-old boy from Highland. He's charged with soliciting a minor and possession of child porn. This arrest comes just a few weeks before a grand jury hearing for Patterson’s last arrest, set for July 28.

Patterson is being held without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail.

Patterson was a social studies teacher at Albemarle County schools from 1972 until 2000 and owned a flower shop in Crozet.

City of Waynesboro Police Department Press Release:

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro man on two felony charges stemming from a joint investigation with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department involving the online solicitation of a minor.

John Daniel Patterson, Jr., 66 years old, is charged with using a communications system for the purposes of soliciting a minor for sexual acts and possession of child pornography.

Earlier this year, Patterson used his cell phone to start an online relationship with a 14-year-old Highland County boy. Their communication led to the exchange of sexually explicit images of each other.

Officers arrested Patterson at his residence yesterday morning. He is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

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