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Man charged with molesting Spotsylvania girl

A man is facing sex crime charges in Spotsylvania County after cybercrime investigation by several localities.

The case began Oct. 11, 2011, after a 13-year-old Spotsylvania girl reported that she was molested by a man she met online.

Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office said the girl told police that she met the man in an online chat room and began communicating with him.

The man gave her a fake name and initially claimed he was 17, but later told her he was 48, Pearce said. Pearce said the man met her twice in the middle of the night near her residence and molested her in the back seat of his vehicle.

Police discovered that the phone used to communicate with the girl was registered under a false name and address, but they were able to track down the owner through cellphone records and other investigative techniques, Pearce said.

Donald Hugh Owen Jr., 54, was arrested on April 22 on charges of carnal knowledge, proposing sex acts to a 13-year-old girl and using a computer to solicit a minor.

Four search warrants were issued in Richmond and Alexandria, where he has residences and a business, and police seized computers, cellphones, hard drives and other electronic devices.

Owen is being held without bond, and the investigation is continuing.

The Northern Virginia–Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a partnership of criminal justice agencies created to investigate individuals involved in the sexual exploitation of children, was involved with this investigation.

Agencies involved in this case include the Virginia State Police and police departments from Fairfax, Alexandria, Richmond and Manassas.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

 

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