Sexual predator pleads guilty

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - The Louisa County commonwealth's attorney called it the worst case of child exploitation he's ever seen. Today, 43-year-old James Dollins pled guilty to 15 charges related child sex crimes. And he'll likely serve most of the rest of his life in jail. Dollins convinced dozens of young boys in the region to send him graphic photos of themselves.

Prosecutors say he accomplished it all by taking on a false identity as a 19-year-old woman on facebook.

This woman, Kelly Redkin, who prosecutors say Dollins made up, using a photo from an adult porn website. Then, pretending to be Kelly- he asked at least 75 boys in the region for nude photos, with the promise of a relationship....with Kelly.

"He prayed on that exploitation of the children, but he took it one step further when the boys would not send images. He would then take the step of sending pornography either through videos or pictures of what appeared to be the 19 year old female," said Louisa County Commonwealth Attorney Rusty McGuire.

They say he looked up some of his victims' addresses, and attempted to meet one.

"We know that he at least attempted to meet one of the children at the mall and left a note for the child," McGuire said.

Dollins will now serve 30 years for those crimes. As part of the agreement, he promises to answer any future questions from officials- to help them learn about how to protect other children from sexual predators. He also promises to list his victims.

"He's gonna help us identify children who have been identified throughout the investigation as to who they really are so we can help get them into therapy," McGuire added.

At this point, prosecutors say they don't think any of the pictures or emails sent to Dollins were redistributed, but if they find out otherwise, that could change this agreement.

Louisa County prosecutors say parents should follow several rules to keep their children safe online:

  • Keep your computers in the family room- visible to an adult.
  • Remember that people may not be who they say they are.
  • Make sure children know -- they should *never* agree to meet anyone they contacted online.
  • Know what devices in your home have wireless access.

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