WCSO arrests Inwood man for online solicitation of minors

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest made stemming from an investigation launched on February 28th.

The investigative team launched a proactive, undercover operation in the Warren County area regarding the online solicitation of minors.

During the operation, an adult male contacted an investigator who was acting as a juvenile under the age of 15.

The suspect then requested photos and lewd content and transmitted obscene materials with who he believed was a juvenile female.

The investigative team identified the perpetrator as Steven Sherman, 57, from Inwood, West Virginia.

On April 16th, investigators from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, successfully apprehended Sherman and took him into custody without incident.

Following his arrest, he was taken to Eastern Regional Jail and appeared before a magistrate where he was ordered to be held without bond pending extradition to Virginia.

His court date is set for May 9th at 9 am in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Sherman is currently charged with three counts of using communication systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

If you have information on this case, contact Sgt. Ramey of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-7100 or by email at mramey@warrencountysheriff.org.

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WCSO makes arrest in Romney, WV

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On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, the investigators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office launched an undercover online chat regarding the solicitation of minors within the Warren County/Front Royal area.

During the operation, an adult male contacted one of the investigators
acting as a juvenile under the age of 15-years-old.

Throughout the chat exchange the suspect asked for photos and lewd content from whom he believed was a young female.

The suspect also transmitted obscene materials to the investigator.

The investigative team positively identified the perpetrator as Samuel Funkhouser, a 33- year-old male from Romney, West Virginia.

On April 10, 2024, investigators travelled to Romney, WV and, with the assistance of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, successfully
arrested.

Mr. Funkhouser was transported to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail without incident.

Following his arrest, Mr. Funkhouser appeared before a magistrate and was ordered to be held in custody without bond.

The court date for the offenses is set for May 15, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

If you have any information on this case or any others, please contact Sergeant M.R. Ramey.

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Winchester man arrested in child sex-abuse case

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up an investigation on Tuesday with the arrest of a Winchester man.

While operating the investigation authorities received several downloads of child sexual abuse material from a Winchester online account. Investigators were able to pinpoint the location of the account in the 400 block of Wardensville Grade.

Search warrants were secured and executed by the Frederick County Sheriff’s office which led to the arrest of David A. Morelli. The 36-year-old Morelli is currently being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

Morelli has a April 11 10:00 a.m. court date in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Anyone with any information on this case or any case regarding the solicitation of or exploration of a minor should contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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WCSO conclude an investigation against a child predator

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) report the conclusion of  an investigation regarding the distribution of child sexual abuse material with an arrest.

After a 7-month investigation that included the tracing of the perpetrator’s use of several different online programs and platforms the arrest was made.

The traces narrowed the source of the material and confirmed the location as in the 4000 block of Freezeland Road and a search warrant was issued.

On Friday Christopher J. Martin of Linden was arrested and transported to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

The 27-year-old Matin’s court date is set at April 11 at 11 a.m. in Warren County’s Juvenile and Domestic relations court.

Anyone with any information involving this case or any case involving the exploitation or solicitation of minors should contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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Warren county sheriff’s office arrests Chesterfield man

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On March 14th, law enforcement officers from Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 25-year-old man, William John Wester, in Chesterfield on suspicion of committing Internet Crimes Against Children.

These efforts are part of the ongoing investigation into individuals who lure minors through the internet for inappropriate purposes.

Mr. Wester was taken into custody without incident and transported to Chesterfield County Jail.

He appeared before a magistrate and was ordered to be held on a bond of $7,500.

The scheduled court date for the offenses has been set for April 4, 2024, at 09:00 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Such crimes can cause irreparable harm to children and their families.

It is important to take action against those who engage in such reprehensible behavior and bring them to justice.

The law enforcement agencies are committed to ensuring the safety of our communities, especially our children.

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Linden man arrested on child porn charges

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Warren County Sheriff’s authorities arrested s 42-year-old Linden man Tuesday and charged him with possessing child pornography.

Steven M. Kay faces three counts of possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation, and facilitation of child pornography.

The sheriff’s office received an online cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), according to the release. The tipster referred to an online account sharing elicit material involving pubescent and pre-pubescent minors.

While investigators worked on the case, additional tips were received regarding the same account and content on February 19. Investigators identified the perpetrator as Kay, the office said.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team executed a search warrant in the 300 block of Long View Road, Linden, on Feb. 22. Kay was taken into custody at that address, according to the release. He was transported to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail without incident.

After Kay’s arrest, he appeared before a magistrate and was ordered to jail without the possibility of bond. The court date for the listed offenses has been set for 10 a.m. March 14 in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro (NOVA/DC) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, coordinated by the Virginia State Police. Anyone with information regarding child sexual abuse material (CSAM) can contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with further information regarding this case can contact Criminal Investigations Sergeant M.R. Ramey at (540) 635-7100 or via email at mramey@warrencountysheriff.org.

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WCSO releases rehabilitated bald eagle

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office released a bald eagle on Monday that was previously rescued by a few of their deputies.

In December, Warren County Sheriff’s were notified about a bald eagle in the Bentonville area that had been confined to the same location for two days.

Deputy Weaver, Sergeant Calvin Clatterbuck, and Department of Wildlife Resources officer Jackson Dierberg teamed up to safely capture the eagle who was then turned over to Wildlife Veterinary Care in Millwood.

The eagle rehabilitated for two months at the clinic until healthy enough for release.

If you see injured or at risk wildlife, please contact your local law enforcement’s non-emergency number.

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Charges announced following high speed chase ending in Warren County

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The Virginia State Police announced charges stemming from the high speed chase Saturday, February 3rd.

Scott A. Parsons, 34, of Pennsylvania was charged with one count of eluding law enforcement, tampering with a vehicle, reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, speeding, and driving without a valid license.

Parsons was also wanted in Shenandoah County on multiple felony warrants.

The pursuit was initiated by Winchester Police and traveled south on interstate 81 from mile marker 312 until the Volkswagen Jetta took exit 302 into Middletown.

The vehicle hit a pole in a convenience store parking lot then continued to Reliance Road into Warren County.

Parsons reached speeds of up to 125 mph during the pursuit before running off the road on the 2800 block of Guard Hill Road.

He fled on foot before being apprehended with the assistance of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for minor injuries then transported to RSW Regional Jail where he is held without bond.

A female passenger was detained and released without any charges.

No citizens or law enforcement were injured in the pursuit.

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WCSO units track and help apprehend a Pennsylvania fugitive

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office reports that their units tracked and helped apprehend a Pennsylvania fugitive.

On February 3 the WCSO was called in to assist the Virginia State Police (VSP) in a man hunt.

A fugitive from Minersville, Pennsylvania was tracked to the Guard Hill Road area of Warren County.

Warren County Canine units were called in to track the suspect.

Deputies Anderson and Gregory with their partners Rooster and Roman respectively covered and tracked nearly a mile and a half to bring the suspect to justice.

The two units tracked the suspect to a rooftop apparently in an attempt to avoid being tracked.

Despite the effort Scott Allen Parsons was tracked and taken into custody by VSP.

The effort was only possible through the help of the Canine units.

If you live in the Guard Hill Road area, you may have received the Rave Mobile Safety Alert about the incident the morning of February 3.

The Rave Safety Alerts are available to everyone from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office by signing up here.

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WCSO arrest a Wise County man for exploitation of a minor

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) reports in an email the arrest of a Wise County man for solicitation and exploitation of a minor.

It took less than two weeks for WCSO investigators to apprehend the man who reportedly solicited a Warren County Minor.

The suspect made unsolicited contact with an officer who was acting as a Juvenile.

The adult male suspect began to transmit unsolicited obscene materials and asking for lewd photos of who thought was a minor.

Through the continued contact officers were able to identify the man as a suspect out of  Wise County Virginia.

Wednesday, January 24 Warren County Investigators traveled to Wise County and took Aaron Wayne Smith into custody.

Smith has been charged with 5 counts of use of a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

The 43-year-old Smith is also facing 5 counts of possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation, and facilitation of child pornography.

Smith is being held without bond awaiting February 15 9 a.m. Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court appearance.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office is an active member of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force coordinated by Virginia State Police.

Anyone with information regarding Smith or any case involving the solicitation of, or exploitation of minors should contact the WCSO.

Anyone with information should contact Sergeant M.R. Ramey at 540-635-7100.

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