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Bluefield man poses as teen, tries to solicit minor online

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Timothy Henderson, 49, of Bluefield, WV is charged with solicitation of a minor via computer and fleeing on foot. Timothy Henderson, 49, of Bluefield, WV is charged with solicitation of a minor via computer and fleeing on foot.

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) A Mercer County man is arrested for trying to solicit sex from a minor by posing as a 16 year old male online.

Timothy Henderson, 49, of Bluefield, WV is charged with solicitation of a minor via a computer and fleeing on foot. He was arraigned on Sunday and bond was set at $50,000.

According to Detective Corporal Steven Sommers with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Henderson began a chat online pretending to be a 16 year old boy named Jake Stone. Beginning on January 7, 2015, Henderson made contact with a person who he believed was a 16 year old female. However, the person he was really having a conversation with was undercover officer named Det. Mike Brown with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

Below are a few excerpts from the chat logs according to investigators:

1-07-2015

  • 7:52 PM, ACCUSED: "Ok, I bet you have soft legs."
  • 7:53 PM,  DET. BROWN: "Lol, I guess."
  • 7:54 PM, ACCUSED: "You guess...let me feel your legs."
  • 7:55 PM,  DET. BROWN: "Yes, are you sure my age doesn't bother you"?
  • 7:57 PM, ACCUSED: "I will let you know. If it does I will keep a secret."
  • 8:01 PM, ACCUSED: "Ok would you let me kiss you."
  • 8:05, ACCUSED: "Cool how bout I take your bra off and panties
  • 8:06 PM, DET. BROWN: "Maybe..."
  • 8:07 PM, ACCUSED: "Cool I am very hard."

A chat log reported by investigators on the afternoon of January 10 becomes more graphic and ends with Henderson setting up a time and place to meet the juvenile female in Bluefield. 

Henderson was arrested during an undercover operation that night conducted with officers from the Bluefield, WV Police Department, Bluefield, VA Police Department, Mercer County Sheriff's Department, and Tazewell County Sheriff's Office. The sting happened at the U.S. Post Office on Federal Street in Bluefield. A female officer in a vehicle described to Henderson online parked in the rear of the lot and waited. Meanwhile, three officer hid in a wooded area behind the undercover officer. After a short time, Henderson approached the vehicle. When officers identified themselves, Henderson ran off. He was arrested about two blocks away on Jones Street.

After the arrest, investigators found a pre-paid cell phone in Henderson's possession. 

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