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STAUNTON — A 28-year-old Hillsville man admitted to being a cyber-predator in Staunton Circuit Court last week.
Chad Edward Henley appeared in court to answer charges of using a communications system for a child sex crime and taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Henley pleaded guilty, the first of seven people charged in an Internet child predator sting to do so, according to TV station WVIR Channel 29. The court gave him five years to serve in prison.
Investigators alleged that Chad Edward Henley drove from Hillsville to Staunton, thinking that he was going to meet a female juvenile, according to information from the Staunton Police Department. Instead of meeting a minor, Henley met a team of six police officers assigned to the case.
The Staunton Police Department works as a part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Child Task Force, according to a news release.
This sting, conducted in February and March to investigate online child preferential predators, also resulted in charges being filed against five other men and one woman from Steeles Tavern, Staunton, Richmond and Leesburg.