Man accused of soliciting boy online

A Pennsylvania man is being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after his arrest on charges of solicitation of a juvenile through the Internet for the purposes of engaging in sexual activity.

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said Monday in a written statement that the defendant, Kirk Jeffrey Jacoby, 51, was staying in a room at the Budget Inn Motel, 1122 N. Royal Ave., Front Royal, at the time of his arrest.

McEathron said the investigation leading to Jacoby’s arrest began Saturday with a report to a sheriff’s deputy of an unknown man soliciting a 15-year-old boy through the Internet for sexual activity. McEathron said the victim’s parents called the Sheriff’s Office after Jacoby appeared at the boy’s residence with the intention of taking him to the motel for sexual activity.

“He was aware of where the juvenile lived through Internet communications, and he showed up at the residence, and the parents asked him to leave,” McEathron said of Jacoby.

McEathron said the boy’s parents contacted the Sheriff’s Office, and the subsequent investigation showed Jacoby had initially contacted the boy through Facebook and later through text messaging and phone conversations.

McEathron said authorities learned during the early morning hours on Sunday that Jacoby was staying at the Budget Inn and placed his room under surveillance. Jacoby was later arrested and a search warrant executed on his vehicle and the motel room.

Jacoby’s court appearance is pending, McEathron said. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Investigator Jason Bates at 635-7100.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com