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Sex solicitation charges certified by judge

Press release:

First Sex Solicitation of Minor Charge from Operation Guardian Online Moves to Grand Jury

- Charge against Richmond man certified to May 2 Grand Jury -

Louisa – Today, Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Garrett announced that General District Court Judge Edward Carpenter certified three sexual solicitation charges of a minor to the grand jury against Shakir A. Moore, 24, of Richmond.  The defendant was arrested in an undercover operation by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Department on March 9, 2011.

Moore

At the hearing deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire told the court that Moore was caught during an undercover operation that included officers from the Charlottesville Police Department, Albemarle Police Department and the Louisa County Sheriff’s Department known as Operation Guardian Online.  McGuire told the court “the officers posed using undercover ads on the popular website known as craigslist.com to catch those attempting to prey on children.”   This is the first certification to the grand jury of the suspects nabbed in Operation Guardian Online.

On speaking on the Operation Garrett said “we are pleased when jurisdictions can come together to protect our children.  The work of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office as the head of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Task Force is making our children safer across Virginia.”

Moore is charged with violating Virginia Code Section 18.2-374.3 and faces a mandatory minimum five years in jail for each of the three counts.

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