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Former Newport News Fire Lt. charged with attempted rape of child in James City County

Generic: James City County Police
Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-01 16:00:14-04

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. - A former Newport News Fire Department Lieutenant has been charged with the attempted rape of a child in James City County.

42-year-old Christopher Scott Jones, a Newport News resident, was arrested on July 15 and charged with one count of attempted rape of a child under the age of 13.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Jones engaged in online conversations with what he believed to be an 11-year-old girl since March 2022.

On Friday, July 15, James City County Police Department officers were dispatched to Velocity Urgent Care in reference to a man that arrived to meet a juvenile female for sex. Officers later learned that Jones made arrangements to meet the female at her parents' residence that afternoon.

The significance of this date was that it was supposed to be the 11-year-old's 12th birthday, the probable cause affidavit said.

Evidence showed that Jones also discussed sex acts that could be committed when they met in person, as well as solicited child pornography.

Officials tell us Jones worked for the city's fire department from January 12, 2005, to July 17, 2022. He most recently served as a lieutenant.