Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 12, 2014

U.S. Marshals arrest man on solicitation of a minor charges

PRINCETON — A local man wanted in Raleigh County on charges including solicitation of a minor by computer was arrested Friday by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Johnnie Ray Champ, 44, was apprehended in Princeton by members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, according to a statement released Friday by the service. Champ, a Princeton resident, was wanted by the Beckley Police Department on charges including attempt to commit a felony and solicitation of a minor by computer. At the time of his arrest, Champ was on a Raleigh County bond for similar charges.

The incident leading to the charge occurred recently, Supervisory Deputy J. Honaker of the U.S. Marshals Service told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Additional charges could be pending.

Champ is currently being held at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Members of the Beckley Police Department, W.Va. Division of Parole Services, and the U.S. Marshals Service worked on the investigation. The Southern West Virginia CUFFED Fugitive Task Force is comprised of law enforcement officers from more than 20 local, county, state and federal agencies. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sexual predators.

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