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New Info on Man Charged with Child Porn, Connected to Albemarle Co. Disappearance


Johnathan Messer was in an Albemarle Co. court today for a bond hearing. He is facing multiple charges related to child pornography, and police believe he is connected to an overnight disappearance of a teenage girl.

Johnathan Lee Messer

Oct. 25, 2013

The suspect involved in the overnight disappearance of an Albemarle County teenager was in court for a bond hearing on Friday afternoon.

Virginia Beach Police arrested Johnathan Messer, 24, of Kingsport Tennessee on Thursday. He has been charged with one felony count of production or distribution of child pornography, one felony count of use of electronic means for child pornography and two felony counts of possession of child pornography.

Messer is listed as an active duty member of the Navy, and that he was stationed at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Va. Beach. He is assigned to the USS Fort McHenry as an Electronics Technician 3rd Class – Surface Warfare. Officials say he enlisted back in November of 2008.

Police believe Messer is connected to an incident that occurred in the Dunlora neighborhood on Friday, Oct. 18. A teenage girl went missing near her bus-stop. Her father later found her phone laying outside around 11pm and called police. A neighbor found the teenager walking up Rio Road at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Police have said that the girl's disappearance "was not a random act and the parties involved were not unknown to each other." The teen reportedly went to the hospital, but is now safe at home.

Messer is currently being held at the Albemarle Co. Regional Jail without bond. He is expected to appear before a judge again on Monday, Oct. 28th.


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