Man arrested in Internet predator sting

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Police say a Hillsville man thought he was going to see a female juvenile he met online, but instead was greeted by an Internet crimes task force.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter


STAUNTON —  A 27-year-old Hillsville man is among suspects that Staunton police accuse of being Internet child predators charged during a recent sting.
Police say 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.
They charged Henley with two counts of use of a communications system for a child sex crime and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
The Staunton Police Department works as a part of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Child Task Force, according to a news release. The department participates in periodic operations.
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.