DEMOND LIGHTFOOT

Demond Lightfoot

Front Royal police arrested a 21-year-old Front Royal man Tuesday evening whom they allege was attempting to solicit underage girls for inappropriate activities.

Police officers arrested Demond Lightfoot when he showed up at a hotel, believing he was to meet with a 13-year-old girl, according to a prepared statement from the Front Royal Police Department.

Police charged Lightfoot with use of a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children. He was also charged with violation of his probation, according to the statement.

The department received information that an adult man was communicating with underage girls through Snapchat in an attempt to meet girls for inappropriate activities, according to the statement. Front Royal police and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office were at the hotel in a joint operation Tuesday. Police arrested Lightfoot when he showed up, believing he would meet a 13-year-old girl, according to the statement.

Detective Zach King, who is handling the investigation, said the case was sensitive and he could not discuss much detail, such as what was the inappropriate activity, whether there was a possibility he met with other girls and who reported it.

He did say once the matter was reported, the girl was kept out of the investigation and law enforcement took over communications, including setting up the meeting.

Lt. Sarah Seal, of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, said the probation charge is for a case out of Frederick County. Lightfoot pleaded guilty in February in a Frederick County court to grand larceny and was placed on one-year probation, according to public court records.

He is currently being held at the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail without bond. His next scheduled court date is Jan. 10.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with further information is asked to call King at 540-636-2208.

Contact Melissa Topey at mtopey@nvdaily.com