Former Norfolk prosecutor to serve 10-year active prison sentence for sex crimes against children

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NORFOLK, VA– On August 22nd, former Norfolk prosecutor, Timothy Scott Carnes, 41, was arrested and charged with repeatedly trying to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old girl into having sex with him, according to prosecutors. 

According to reports, Carnes was communicating with “Brittney” in an online chatroom called “No Rules-just kin.ky…” at least 13 times between May 30th and August 3rd 2020, special prosecutor T. Marie Walls said.

“Brittney” was in fact a Norfolk police detective. 

Prosecutors have evidence that shows Carnes tried to convince Brittney to have sex with him so he could “teach her” because he was older. Additionally, Carnes allegedly sent a video of him masturbating to Brittney, and tried to get her to send him pictures of herself.

It was also reported that Carnes told Brittney he wanted her to have sex with him and his wife, although she is not implicated in any this.  

On August 22nd, Carnes was charged with more than 20 felonies, including trying to take indecent liberties with a child, as well as committing a sexual offense with a minor online, The Virginian Pilot reported.
 
Because the victim in this case, despite the fact that it was a fictional one, was younger than 15, Carnes was denied bond by default. The law says such defendants must prove they’re not a danger to the public or a flight risk to be granted bond.
 
At the time, James Broccoletti, Carnes’ defense attorney said Carnes never met or tried to meet with the person he thought was Brittney, so there were no “hands on” encounters between Carnes and any minors.
 
Broccoletti also said his client had strong ties to the community and was willing to go through psychosexual counseling, however Judge Daugherty was not convinced, and his release to house arrest request was denied.
 

 
Now on Friday, November 6th, Court records show that Carnes pleaded guilty to 26 charges: 13 counts of use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children and 13 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15, Wavy reported.
 
The Judge in the case sentenced Carnes to 76 years in prison total, however, 66 years were suspended, requiring Carnes to serve only 10 years. Once he is released, Carnes will be on unsupervised probation for 20 years.
 
Carnes worked at the office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney from November 2004 to May 2008. Since 2009, Carnes has worked as an attorney for the Social Security Administration. 
 
Law Enforcement Today recently brought you a story of a man from Washington who “bought” an underage girl for sex for $500. 
 

RICHLAND, WA –On August 2nd, a juvenile female made contact with the Walla Walla Police Department which discovered that she had been reported missing from Richland, Washington. 

The female eventually advised that she had been held against her will and sold to a man for $500 to be a sex slave.

There was no information available which explains the circumstances surrounding how the juvenile victim ended up missing, nor how she came across the people involved in this investigation. 

What is alleged is that the victim was initially raped by the person who would eventually buy her, like property, for $500.

Police report that the victim had been allegedly raped by Robert Aguilera at gun point at his sister’s residence in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.  After the rape, she was sold to Aguilera allegedly by Richard Anthony Smith and another underage female accomplice.

The victim advised that she did not run and stayed with him out of fear of what he would do to her when he was angry.  The victim recounted how he had held a rifle to her head and threatened to shoot her if she disobeyed. 

The victim alleges that Aguilera raped her on multiple occasions and at multiple locations.  She also recounted one time where he had forced her to have sex with multiple members of the 18th Street gang members while on Clark Street in Walla Walla.

The police report that the victim was raped in several different cities, including Walla Walla, College Place, and Dayton in Washington State.  She also alleges she was raped in multiple location in Oregon, Milton-Freewater and Pendleton.   

While she was being held against her will, she alleges that Aguilera forced her to use drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.  The victim alleges that these drugs were given to her by other people through a syringe.

When detectives interviewed her, they noted that she was “covered in sores on her arms, legs, and face.”  They also noted these areas appeared to be infected and are a common side effect with methamphetamine use.  

Aguilera was taken into custody on September 2nd and charged with first-degree assault, first-degree trafficking, use or delivery of drug paraphernalia, second-degree rape, and failure to comply with authorities.  He has a total bond of $50,000.

Police are always working diligently to find victims of human trafficking, especially the young and the vulnerable.  Some ways in which people are able to lure children into these situations is by using social media to groom them.  In a recent article in Law Enforcement Today, some of the sites are as follows:

IMVU,OKCupid, Chatspin, Kik, Tumblr, Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram, Whisper, and TikTok.

Yiota Souras, a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said:

“We have really seen an explosion of reports of child sexual exploitation.”

Souras said that they have seen as much as a 90% increase over the first six months of this year in child pornography, human trafficking, and other forms of sexual exploitation of children. 

Whereas increases in these types of crimes cannot be blamed on one thing, some believe the lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is a good reason for it.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issued a report in 2017 which showed that 78 percent of the juvenile victims in human trafficking were girls, 13 percent were boys and 9 percent were undetermined. 

Regardless of where and how predators meet and groom children, it is extremely important for parents to be aware of what their children are doing, especially online.  Often times, these predators either act like they are a similar age as the child they are speaking to or give many compliments geared to entice trust on the part of the child.

Children start to believe that the predators they are speaking to online are their friends and would not do them any harm.  However, when they actually meet up with them, they learn the hard way how evil the person is, and by then, it’s usually too late.

 

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