Man charged with internet crimes in Stafford

Press release from Stafford County Sheriff's Office

STAFFORD, VA – The Stafford County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Christopher Edward Lyerly, age 34 of Tessie Court, New Market, MD.  Christopher Lyerly has been charged with 5 Counts of Attempted Indecent Liberties With a Juvenile and 5 Counts of the Use of Electronic Communications Device to Facilitate Offenses Involving Children.

Detective Darryl Wells, portraying a 14 year old female, was contacted by Christopher Lyerly over an internet chat site starting in May of 2010.  In a total of six online conversations, Lyerly initiated sexually explicit conversations describing specific sexual acts he wanted the "teenage girl" to do to him.  He even suggested coming to the Fredericksburg area to meet the "teenage girl" for sex.

Members of the Maryland State Police and Detectives from Stafford County arrested Christopher Lyerly at his residence in New Market, Maryland, yesterday, Thursday, February 24, 2011 without incident.  Lyerly is currently incarcerated in Maryland, with no bond, awaiting an extradition hearing for a transfer to Stafford County.