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July 14, 2014

Princeton man facing felony charges for allegedly seeking sex with 5-year-old

Beckley — A Princeton man was arrested on felony charges after allegedly offering a Beckley mom $104 in exchange for allowing him to have sex with her 5-year-old daughter, according to police documents.

The Ewart Avenue woman and three male friends instead set up a scenario to meet the man and then called police.

Johnnie Ray Champ, a 44-year-old truck driver, had been visiting the website “Plenty of Fish” in the days prior to June 9, according to a criminal complaint filed in Raleigh County Magistrate Court.

The woman connected with Champ on the site and was considering the possibility of having sex with him for money, according to Beckley Police Department Cpl. M.G. Bragg.

As the two began exchanging texts, Champ told the woman that he wasn’t interested in having sex with her because of her age. He asked if she’d instead find someone younger to have sex with him.

When the woman mentioned she baby-sat a 2-year-old, Champ allegedly texted, “Is she what you found?” and “Well, if you find the right one, you could keep the money they wouldn’t know the difference.”

In a string of texts to the woman, Champ stated, “Any will do long as young” and “Younger the better,” according to Bragg.

The woman texted back that she had not procured the 2-year-old to have sex with him.

“In an attempt to determine his seriousness, she continued the conversation and acknowledged having a 5-year-old daughter of her own,” Bragg stated. “Mr. Champ then requested that (she) facilitate a sexual encounter between (Champ) and her daughter.”

He’d also asked the woman to text nude photos of her daughter, according to the complaint.

The woman found the request reprehensible, said Bragg, so she developed a plan to capture Champ and to notify law enforcement.

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