A Maryland man who is wanted in connection to soliciting a minor for sex in Virginia has been arrested in Salt Lake City. According to jail records, Derrick La Marr Jones, 35, of Catonsville, Maryland, was arrested last week and booked into Salt Lake County Jail. Loudoun County (Virginia) Sheriff's officials said Tuesday that Jones was wanted on suspicion of illegal use of a communication system to solicit with lascivious intent with a minor. Police said they received a report on March 7 from a family member of a teenage girl in Ashburn, Virginia, a town about 30 miles northwest of Washington D.C., that the teenager had engaged in sexual activity with a man they believed to be an adult. The pair had been communicating through social media. Jones was later identified as the man they believe had provided transportation for the teenager to travel to the Baltimore area to meet him.
Authorities say they believe Jones uses social media to contact girls at entertainment and comic book conventions using different aliases, and introduced himself as being in his late teens or early 20's. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding potential victims who may have known, associated with or communicated with Jones. Anyone with any information can contact detective J. Suess at 703-777-0475 or can submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.
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