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Man sentenced to five years for soliciting minor online
A Louisa County jury convicted and sentenced a Richmond man Monday to five years in prison for sexual solicitation of a minor.
Adam Derrick Toghill, 32, was arrested in March 2011 as part of a multi-jurisdictional undercover operation.
The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Albemarle County Police Department and the Charlottesville Police Department, worked together on a program called Operation Guardian Online, which targets online predators in Virginia.
Undercover law enforcement officers, posing as a 13-year-old, made posts on the popular website Craigslist and were solicited for sex by adults in the local area, said Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire.
He said Toghill suggested the two meet and engage in explicit sex acts.
When the officers suggested that Toghill meet the teen at a house in the area, Toghill stated he did not want to show up at a house because he had seen “those shows” on television and then he suggested an alternative location, McGuire said.
Toghill turned himself in to Richmond police hours after he learned he was wanted, McGuire said. He is being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail.
“We hope that this case will send a message to parents to monitor what their children are doing online,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Adam Ward, who helped McGuire prosecute the case. “Even seemingly innocuous websites like Craigslist can be a playground for predators.”