CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - One felony count for having sex with a minor. Police say 40-year-old Peter Kirk Hommel Junior of Charlottesville - confessed to it, telling investigators he knew the girl he had sex with was middle school age.
"They've been communicating through Facebook for approximately a year. Over that time period they've met 5 or 6 times," said Lt. Randy Horowitz of Chesterfield Police Department.
Police say Hommel traveled to Southside Chesterfield several times to visit the 14-year-old girl, and residents who live in this area say, that's disturbing.
"That's scary, it scares me to death," said Chesterfield resident, Krystal Pearson.
"You got people out there soliciting on the internet, Facebook and Twitter," said Chesterfield resident, Kathryn Pearson.
The girl's parent knew of the relationship, but told police she thought it was over. Thursday before the long Memorial Day weekend - that's when the mom found out it wasn't over.
"The mother of the child woke up in the middle of the night she came downstairs, she saw her daughter in the back yard, saw a man leaving quickly," said Horowitz.
She called police. Lt. Horowitz says they took over the child's computer, logged back onto her Facebook account assuming her identity.
"Of course Mr. Hommel thought it was still the girl he had been meeting," said Horowitz.
Within 30 hours, police were able to get an arrest warrant. They want parents to know, there are predators online and children need to be protected.
"You really need to be aware of who they're talking to and what they're talking about," said Horowitz.
Police say Hommel worked at a Harris Teeter grocery store in Charlottesville. Well, tonight he's behind bars in Hopewell at Riverside Regional Jail without bond.