Former Teacher Accused of Soliciting Minor Online

April 17, 2014

A former Albemarle County teacher is facing charges he tried to solicit sex from a teenage boy.

Augusta County deputies say 66-year-old John Daniel Patterson Jr. contacted a deputy who was posing as a 13-year-old boy in an online sting.

The deputy reports that the conversation turned to a sexual nature and the two set up a meeting.

Deputies allege Patterson showed up to the meeting and was arrested.

An Albemarle County school spokesman confirms that Patterson was a longtime teacher at Western Albemarle High School. He taught social studies from 1972 until 2000.

Below is the full media release from the Augusta County Sheriff's Department:

On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, an On-line solicitation of a minor investigation was underway and Deputy Donald Moran of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was conducting the investigation and posing online as a 13 year old male. Moran posted an ad online and was contacted by an unknown male. This online encounter and the resulting communications soon turned sexual in nature and led to an agreement arranging a meeting for a sexual liaison in Verona, Virginia.

At 1400 HRS on April 15th, the male suspect arrived at the agreed to location and he was taken into custody without incident. He was identified as:

John Daniel Patterson Jr., a 66 year old male who resides in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Patterson was arrested, interviewed and taken before the State Magistrate and charged with violation of the following Virginia codes:

§ 18.2-374.3. Use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children


§ 18.2-26/18.2-370. Attempt to, while being 18 years of age or over, with lascivious intent, knowingly and intentionally propose an act of sexual intercourse or an act constituting and offense under §18.2-361, to a 13 year old male.

Patterson was ordered held without bond and remanded to the Middle River Regional Jail.

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