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Bristol Virginia police net 10 suspects in child sex internet case

Anthony Dole, 48, Abingdon, Va.

Bristol, Virginia police announced Tuesday the arrest of nine suspects following a five-month investigation targeting child sex predators.

The report said the department's Vice/Narcotics Unit focused on Internet-based crimes and used methods similar to those used in the popular TV show "To Catch a Predator."

Those charged include:

  • Jeremy E. Ball, 23, Bristol, Va. - one count of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children
  • Anthony M. Dole, 48, Abingdon, Va. - five counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children; and, one count of possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of justice
  • Anthony J. Duggar, 37, Bluff City, Tenn. - two counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children and one count of soliciting prostitution from a child under 16 years of age
  • Jamie J. Fry, 45, Fall Branch, Tenn. - five counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children
  • Travis V. Hill, 37, Bristol, Va. - five counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children and one count of possession of meth
  • David J. Hughes, 39, Bristol, Va. - two counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children
  • James E. Malone, 39, Bluff City, Tenn. - two counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children and one count of possession of meth with intent to distribute
  • Donald J. Mann, Jr., 30, Bristol, Va. - three counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children
  • Jeffery W. Pickel, 28, Bristol, Tenn. - two counts of using a communications device to facilitate crimes against children

Tuesday's report said one other suspect has not yet been arrested.

Hughes has pleaded guilty to one of the felony charges and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence, police said Tuesday. The other suspects are either in jail, released on bond and are awaiting their preliminary hearing.

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