Ten charged with sex crimes against children in Bristol, VA

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BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – Ten people are facing charges in Bristol, Virginia after police said they used the internet to facilitate sex crimes against children. The Bristol, Virginia Police Department said over the course of the past five months, detectives with the Vice/Narcotics Unit worked diligently to arrest and charge the suspects. 

Here is a list of the suspects and their charges:

David Hughes


David J. Hughes, age 39, of Bristol VA. 
2 counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children.
Pleaded guilty to one count, serving 4 year prison sentence 

Jeremy Ball


 
Jeremy E. Ball, age 23, of Bristol VA. 
1 count of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children. 
Held in jail, awaiting preliminary hearing 

James Malone

James E. Malone, age 39, of Bluff City TN. 
3 counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children. 
1 count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. 
Out on bond, awaiting preliminary hearing 

Jeffrey Pickel


Jeffrey W. Pickel, age 28, of Bristol TN. 
2 counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children.
Out on bond, waived preliminary hearing, awaiting indictment by grand jury 

Jamie Fry


Jamie J. Fry, age 45, of Fall Branch TN.
5 counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children.
Held in jail, awaiting preliminary hearing 

Anthony M. Dole, age 48, of Abingdon VA. 
5 counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children. 
1 count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. 
1 count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 
1 count of obstruction of justice. 
Held in jail, awaiting preliminary hearing 

Anthony Dugger

Anthony J. Dugger, age 37, of Bluff City TN. 
2 counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children. 
1 count of soliciting prostitution from a child under 16 years old.  
Out on bond, awaiting preliminary hearing 

Donald Mann, Jr.

Donald J. Mann, Jr., age 30, of Bristol VA. 
3 counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children. 
Out on bond, awaiting preliminary hearing 

Travis Hill

Travis V. Hill, age 37, of Bristol VA. 
5 counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children. 
1 count of possession of methamphetamine. 
Held in jail, awaiting preliminary hearing 

Court documents obtained by News Channel 11, detail the allegations, some of them extremely graphic.

“Nude photographs, you name it, they were wanting it,” Captain Maynard Ratcliff with the Bristol, Va. Police Department said.

Court documents also reveal that one suspect even ran from police and was tased. He eventually had to be brought down by three officers. The documents also show that the suspect tossed a syringe.

“Some of the drugs may have been intended to use on the juvenile,” Captain Ratcliff said.

Police have a warning for families, in a world of social media.

“I would urge parents to monitor their children when they’re working on the computer or on their telephone, or however they’re using their social media. Keep a close eye on who they’re talking to,” Captain Ratcliff said.

One other suspect has not yet been arrested. 

According to police, many of these charges carry a mandatory prison sentence.  
When convicted, in addition to the prison sentence, it is mandatory that the suspects register as a sex offender. 

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