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Man, 60, convicted of soliciting sex with a Stafford minor over the Internet
BY KEITH EPPS
A man who for several years carried on a sexually explicit computer relationship with a Stafford girl he met on vacation when she was a pre-teen was convicted of seven charges Wednesday.
John Roger Boyd, 60, of Pennsylvania, was convicted in Stafford Circuit Court of six counts of using a computer to solicit sex with a minor and two counts of reproducing child pornography. Boyd will face a minimum penalty of 13 years and a maximum of 160 when he is sentenced June 19.
According to the evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen, Boyd was on vacation in the Caribbean island of Saint Martin in 2003 when he met the girl, who is now 18. His family became friends with the girl’s family and kept in touch over the years.
Boyd, known to the girl as “Uncle Roger,” visited the Stafford family in 2005 and again in 2009. Olsen said Boyd had sexual contact with the girl during the 2009 visit, when he stayed at the family home under the guise of being in the area for a job interview.
An investigation began in September of 2011 when the girl’s mother found sexually explicit conversation between her daughter and Boyd on the girl’s computer. It was obvious in the emails that there had been sexual contact, Olsen said.
The mother called the Sheriff’s Office, and the girl’s computer and Boyd’s computer in Pennsylvania were seized. In addition to sexual conversation, police found pictures that Boyd had both sent and solicited.
Olsen said Boyd admitted to the inappropriate computer exchanges with the girl, who is now in college, but denied ever touching the girl. Boyd has been in jail since his arrest in February.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404