A Strasburg man was charged Saturday after failing to register a username with the sex offender database.

Virginia State Police conducted an undercover operation that revealed Dale Russell, a Strasburg resident, was chatting online using the screen name David 2018. The undercover officer confronted Russell, who is a registered violent sex offender.

A special agent from the NOVA-DC ICAC (internet crimes against children) division charged Russell with three felony counts of online solicitation, stemming back to an investigation in January.

The investigation is ongoing, according to a release sent out by the Virginia State Police.

- Daily Staff

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