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Man convicted on child porn charges

BY PORTSIA SMITH

A Gordonsville man was convicted in Louisa County Circuit Court today on 10 counts of solicitation to produce child pornography and and five counts of reproduction of child pornography.

James Dollins

James Anthony Dollins, 43, was sentenced to 95 years in prison with all but 30 years suspended. He pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.

According to Commonwealth Attorney Rusty McGuire, Dollins obtained images of a female from an adult website and created an online persona to contact young boys.

McGuire said more than 75 boys between the ages of 13 and 17 have been identified as victims in the case.

The investigation began in May, when a parent notified the Louisa Sheriff’s Office that her 13-year-old son was contacted on Facebook by an alleged 19-year-old female student from the University of Virginia named Kelly Redkin.

Image used on Facebook to solicit young boys

Louisa detective Patrick Siewart said the Facebook relationship between the boy and the supposed U.Va. student turned romantic and continued through cellphone text messaging, in which the boy was asked to send nude photos of himself.

When the boy’s mother discovered a suspicious package sent to her son, she contacted the police, Siewart said. He said pictures of a young woman, a greeting card, a typewritten note and a teddy bear were inside the package.

Once reported, the investigation discovered that Kelly Redkin did not exist and was a persona created by Dollins, police said.

A search warrant was executed at his home on Paddock Wood Road in Gordonsville. Police said multiple items were seized.

Siewart said Dollins made contact with multiple teenage boys in Louisa, Henrico and Chesterfield counties and solicited them for sex or nude pictures as far back as October 2010. In exchange, the boys thought they would be in a relationship with ‘Kelly.’

When the requests were ignored, McGuire said Dollins sent nude pictures and videos pretending to be the woman. Dollins even agreed to meet with some of the boys to validate the identity, but when the boys arrived they found a note signed by Kelly with an excuse on why she couldn’t meet in person, McGuire said.

McGuire said the young victims were shocked to eventually learn that they had sent naked pictures to a 43-year-old man instead of a 19-year-old college girl.

“In nine years of specializing in child exploitation cases this is the worst I have ever seen,” McGuire said Wednesday.

“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.”

As part of the plea agreement, Dollins is required to help authorities identify the children in the images and submit future interviews and interrogations so that his behavior is better understood to attempt to prevent future exploitation of children, McGuire said.

Dollins was being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail.

 

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.

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