DEMOND LIGHTFOOT

Demond Lightfoot

A Front Royal man arrested in an undercover online operation must serve jail time for using Snapchat to solicit sex from a child.

Demond Alexander Lightfoot faced up to 10 years in prison for committing computer solicitation of a minor. Lightfoot, 21, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday. An agreement reached between Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan C. Layton and Lightfoot’s legal counsel Daniel F. O’Brien called for the defendant to plead guilty and to serve one year and 11 months of incarceration.

Judge William W. Sharp accepted the agreement and sentenced Lightfoot to four years in a state penitentiary. Sharp suspended two years and one month of the time, leaving Lightfoot with one year and 11 months to serve under terms of the plea agreement. The judge also ordered Lightfoot to complete two years of supervised probation upon his release.

Guidelines calculated for the sentencing hearing recommended that Lightfoot serve between 11 months and three years of active incarceration.

Authorities accused Lightfoot of committing the offense on Dec. 17. An affidavit for a warrant to search a cellphone provides more details about the investigation. Detective Landon Waller, of the Front Royal Police Department, applied for the warrant. Police received a complaint from Skyline Middle School about a student under 13 years old receiving “inappropriate messages” via Snapchat from Demond Lightfoot, identified as a 21-year-old male, the affidavit states.

Law enforcement created a new Snapchat account with the user posing as a 13-year-old female, the affidavit states. Authorities made contact with Lightfoot and in a conversation with Lightfoot, the suspect said he was 21 years old and he was informed that the user was a 13-year-old female, according to the affidavit.

“During the conversation, Lightfoot solicits sex by asking ‘U wanna (expletive)’ and sent a photo of himself where he was identified by law enforcement,” the affidavit states.

Law enforcement agents, still posing as the girl, and Lightfoot arranged to meet at a local motel, according to the affidavit. Lightfoot arrived soon after and knocked on the door at the arranged meeting location, the affidavit states. Law enforcement officers immediately took Lightfoot into custody and, during a search, found the suspect possessed two cellphones and two condoms.

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