Chesterfield man facing 15 sex crimes charges involving 12-year-old

Chesterfield man facing 15 sex crimes charges involving 12-year-old

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man is charged with sex crimes after soliciting pictures of a 12-year-old.

According to court documents, Dustin Harris, 35, is facing 15 charges of felony sex crimes after electronically soliciting and receiving inappropriate photos of a 12-year-old.

Dustin Harris
Dustin Harris (Source: Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office)

Harris is facing five counts each of indecent liberties, soliciting child porn and using a computer to commit a sex offense with a minor.

According to court documents, the incidents occurred between July 8-9 and Harris was arrested July 18.

Harris was originally booked in the Chesterfield County jail, online records records show he was transferred, but did not specify where.

NBC12 Legal Analyst Steve Benjamin says Virginia aggressively investigates and monitors sites that adults go on to prey on minors.

“Law enforcement has been very effective in trapping predators by pretending to be young teens willing to chat and meet with adults,” Benjamin explained.

Benjamin says the charges Harris is facing carry stiff penalties with mandatory minimum sentences. Benjamin says because of the number of charges, Harris could face life in prison.

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