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7 Indicted On Internet Predator Charges

The Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office said indictments resulted from an ongoing investigation.

Seven people have been indicted on various charges related to their actions on the internet aimed at who they believed were underage children in Spotsylvania County, Capt. Jeff Pearce, Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office spokesperson, said.

The suspects are:

  • Sawn Lubell, 26, of Watha, N.C.
  • Nicholas Woods, 23, of Monroe, Va.
  • Jerry Reese, 56, of Ringold, Va.
  • Stephen Danowski, 44, of Loudoun County, Va. 
  • Phillip Locker, 27, of Petersburg, Va.
  • Haden Conrad, 32, of Chesapeake, Va.
  • Patrick Darlington, 40, of Strasburg, Va.

"The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division - Cyber Investigative Unit has been quietly working to identify internet predators who were stalking children in web chat rooms and other sites for the purpose of luring the victims into lewd encounters or worse," Pearce said in a press release.  He said the seven suspects were identified and investigated during the past several months.

"These suspects pose a serious threat to our young people," Sheriff Roger Harris said. "The Cyber Investigative Unit represents our continued commitment to keeping the citizens of our community safe from such individuals.

"Several more investigations are continuing and detectives plan to bring more indictments for charges ranging from Distribution of Child Pornography to Felony Use of a Communication Device to commit certain offenses," Pearce said. 

1Ronald April 29, 2013 at 01:30 PM
The basic "threat to our young people" are parents who don't monitor the child's behavior and fail to supervise those activities that create more jails with taxpayer dollars. Dollars that could go for roads, bridges, and schools. AND ALSO, police entrapment. For the entire population. Forget guns and knives, these "crimes" are safer bets as the losers are rounded up like a herd of cattle. Same stuff, different day. Remember the kid who watched Beavis & Butthead and burned down the family trailer? Guess who got blamed? Not his mother. It was, you guessed it, Beavis & Butthead. So the show's producers then added a disclaimer to those dumb enough not to tell the difference between real life and fantasy. "Folks, this is just a cartoon. They're not real people. Do not do what they do."
Terry Fant May 06, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I don't know what side Ronald is on but kudos to the police on this one!
Armed and Trained May 06, 2013 at 05:29 PM
My vote is to have them Castrated! Then put them into General Population not protective seculsion in prison.
jalefema May 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I'm with you, Terry. It seems as if Ronald doesn't think the things these sickos do to kids are real crimes (evidenced by the way he put the word in quotation marks). I agree that parents should monitor their kids (especially their internet activity), but I also know how sneaky kids can be, and how diabolical these online perverts can be. I also agree with Armed and Trained... slow, painful castration.
Isle D Belle May 08, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Research has shown that those who deal in, watch and trade child pornography are likely to also have some inappropriate physical contact with children more frequently than it was believed. Some people believe that trading these materials is essentially a victimless crime, but that is a fallacy. Studies show the opposite. Individuals who sexually abuse children and enjoy child pornography are the lowest of the low and should be incarcerated for their lifetimes. There is credible research that supports the premise that rehabilitation is impossible, so the only way to protect children is to incarcerate the predators for life.

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