Bristol man arrested for soliciting local minors

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Detectives from the Front Royal Police Department began an investigation regarding the solicitation of minors in the area on January 14, 2023.

An undercover operation ensued where an adult male began soliciting a detective who he believed was a 15 year old female for photographs and sexually explicit material.

The suspect was identified as 29 year old Michael T. Houchins II of Bristol, VA.

He was arrested at his home by the Bristol Virginia Police Department on February 9th for the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

Houchins was transported to Southwest Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

His court date is set for March 2nd, 2023 at 9:00 am in the Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

FRPD is an active member in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which is coordinated by the Virginia State Police.

If you have any information regarding this case or any other solicitation or exploitation of minors, contact the Front Royal Police Department.

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