Former Chesapeake bus driver indicted on federal child porn charges

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Larry Homan

CHESAPEAKE, VA (WAVY) — A former Chesapeake bus driver previously arrested for inappropriately touching students on his bus has been indicted on federal child porn charges.

According to court documents, 71-year-old Larry Homan persuaded young girls to perform sexual acts, and federal prosecutors say he recorded the whole thing.

The indictment says, on four separate occasions starting as far back as 2012, Homan had contact with girls between the ages of 8 and 10. The documents also say he distributed what he recorded.

Back in July, Homan was arrested by Chesapeake police. Officers say Homan was a bus driver for the school system and had a young girl sit on his lap and inappropriately touched her.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will be dropping state charges Tuesday to make room for the federal case. The state does have the option though to purse their own charges in the future.

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Former Firefighter with Gun Who Solicited Minor Going to Prison

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RAY C. LESTER

Louisa, VA – Today, Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire announced that Ray C. Lester, 29, was sentenced to twenty years in prison with ten years suspended for two counts of solicitation of a minor.
 
Lester was initially arrested on January 5, 2015 as part of a winter break Craigslist sting conducted by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Albemarle Police Department and the SOVA Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.   He was convicted of two counts of soliciting a minor in Louisa Circuit Court on June 24, 2015.
 
During the course of the email conversation, Lester solicited sex acts from the 14 year old girl on multiple occasions.  They eventually agreed to meet near her home in Louisa County.   Lester attempted to scout out the agreed location from a nearby vantage point but all his efforts got him was an introduction to the members of the Task Force.  They arrested Lester and searched his vehicle.  During the search of the vehicle, the officers found a .40 semi-automatic pistol with 13 rounds in the driver’s side door and a recently cut six foot rope on the center console.  At sentencing, Lester attempted to argue that the gun was for protection and that he wasn’t aware of the rope.  The evidence at sentencing showed that the rope was clearly visible on top of the center console and could have been used to tie up the hands of the child.
 
            Speaking on the sentence McGuire said “Mr. Lester’s behavior highlights the danger that children face in cyberspace today.  Not only are predators trying to exploit our children, this one showed up with a gun and rope.  We are lucky that the child happened to be an undercover ICAC officer. ”
 
Adam Ward, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, who prosecuted this case with McGuire, said “Justice was served today.  This sentence sends the message that those who prey on children will experience a significant period of incarceration.  We are grateful to the dedicated law enforcement officers of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Albemarle Police Department and SOVA ICAC Task Force for bringing Mr. Lester to justice.”

Lynchburg man arrested on warrants related to the sexual exploitation of a minor

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CLEVELAND LEROY COAXUM, JR

Bedford, VA –  On Friday July 31, 2015, Cleveland Leroy Coaxum, Jr., of Lynchburg, was arrested on warrants related to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Coaxum was charged with three felonies under Code of Virginia statute § 18.2-374.3, Use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

Investigators from Bedford County Sheriff’s Office were made aware of an incident that took place between Coaxum and a minor. Investigators from the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, (SOVA ICAC) began to vigorously investigate the alleged incident and were able to develop evidence that supported the charges against Coaxum.

Coaxum was subsequently taken into custody without incident. Investigators may obtain additional charges, pending completion of the computer forensics examination on item(s) seized.

Coaxum is currently being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center, without Bond.

Released by: Sheriff Mike Brown

Wounded Veterans Training in Bedford Co. to Fight Online Predators

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Bedford Co., VA - Twenty-three wounded veterans began training in Bedford County Monday to fight online child exploitation.

The fourth class of the HERO Child Rescue Corps will work for three weeks at the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force office.  They will then complete six weeks on forensics training in Northern Virginia before beginning internships with agencies across the country.  The program will qualify them for employment in the field of computer forensics. 

The training program is funded by the federal government and PROTECT, a charitable child protection organization.  The computers the veterans will use were provided by Moose International through the  Safe Surfin' Foundation.

At a welcome event Monday morning PROTECT Executive Director Grier Weeks was presented a key to Bedford County by acting County Supervisor Carl Boggess.  Sheriff Mike Brown presented each veteran with a challenge coin.  Local Vietnam Veteran Steve Bozeman presented the Purple Heart recipients with challenge coins and memberships in the local Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter.  Retired Air Force General Dave Young also spoke to the class.

Liberty University is providing bus transportation for the veterans to the training facility.

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Retired Ohio teacher charged with solicitation of minor in Southwest Virginia

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JOHN WACHAUF

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Buchanan, VA - On July 27, 2015, John Wachauf, 58 years old, of St. Mary, Ohio was arrested at his home by authorities from Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Ohio based on an investigation by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office for solicitation of a minor under the age of 15. The seven month investigation by Investigator Mark Lowe, who is also a member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, coordinated with the Buchanan County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in securing the charges against Wachauf based on the findings of that investigation. Wachauf a teacher, recently retired from the Lima City Schools in Ohio.

After securing the warrant for solicitation of a minor under the age of 15, Investigator Lowe contacted the Ohio authorities, who in turn obtained a search warrant for the residence of Wachauf at 16920 S. R. 116 in St. Marys, Ohio. During that search, computer equipment and electronics was confiscated along with approximately 20 pounds of suspected marijuana.

Sheriff Foster states, “My office is dedicated to protecting all children. This person believed he was talking to a child in Buchanan County, and that could have been any child here. It just turns out it was an undercover investigator he was talking to. And it was an added bonus that we assisted in getting a lot of illegal drugs off the streets in America.” Sheriff Foster also adds, “I would like to thank the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department and the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force in Ohio for their assistance in the capture of this criminal.”

Wachauf remains in the Auglaize County Correctional Center in Ohio. He has waived extradition and will be brought back to Buchanan County Virginia to answer to the charges in the near future.