Man in Fayette County, West Virginia Pleads Guilty to Sexual Offense Against Minor | VM News
CHARLESTON, Va. (WV News) – A Fayette County man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempting to induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.
Christopher Lee Foster, 36, of Oak Hill, was indicted in June 2021, according to a press release from South West Virginia Acting District Attorney Lisa G. Johnston.
According to the plea deal, Foster admitted that in early March 2021, he contacted someone through a messaging app.
Believing this person to be a 13-year-old girl from New Jersey, Foster engaged in conversations over the next two months where he told the minor he wanted to meet her for sexual activity.
Foster also sent sexually explicit pictures and videos to the minor and repeatedly pressured the minor to send him sexually explicit photos of herself, even offering to pay her for such pictures. , according to the press release.
Foster further admitted that around 2015 and 2016 he produced (or caused the production of) sexually explicit images of another minor, the statement said.
If the plea deal is accepted by the court, Foster will be sentenced to between 235 months (19 years, 7 months) and 292 months (24 years, 4 months) in prison when sentenced on January 5, 2022. He will also be required to register as a sex offender, the statement said.
US Attorney Johnston praised the investigative work of US Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted as part of the Safe Childhood Project, a national initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children.
U.S. Senior District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald is handling the prosecution.