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NC Man Arrested for Soliciting Girls Under 15 Years Old

Deputies began investigating Gary Armstrong back in January after receiving a tip from a concern parent regarding a pornographic photograph.

FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. - A North Carolina man, Gary Armstrong, 59, has been charged with aggravated sexual battery and four counts of soliciting two girls under the age of 15 for nude photographs.

"He is a traveling lineman for a power company, and was in Louisa County when he was arrested by the [Internet Crimes Against Children] Task Force,” said Captain Donald Lang, with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.

Deputies began investigating Armstrong back in January after receiving a tip from a concerned parent regarding a pornographic photograph.

"There are two victims here in Frederick County. There is a third one that we are looking into. We're still investigating that, however, and no charges [have been filed] at this particular time," said Lang.

Authorities say Armstrong would pick up the young girls at the Apple Blossom Mall.

"A lot of kids congregate there. They are at the age where they are not directly supervised,” said Lang. “There is no direct confirmation that he directly goes there because of that."

Investigators believe Armstrong may have also solicited minors at the Martinsburg Mall in West Virginia. He has a car registered in that state.

"It’s still under investigation. We're looking at potential instances to include West Virginia," said Lang.

Deputies want to remind parents to be aware of their child's social life, including electronic and social media communications.

If you have any information, please call the anonymous Crime Solvers hotline at (540)-665-8477.

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