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Ashburn Man Charged with Soliciting Minor

The Leesburg arrest, for which the suspect is accused of allegedly using a computer to meet an underage female, comes about a month after the investigation began.

An Ashburn man was arrested last week in Leesburg and charged with one count of using a computer to solicit a minor after investigators set up an operation at a local hotel.

A detective with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit in December learned of allegations of an adult male sending inappropriate messages to an underage female, according to an LCSO report.

The detective – who happens to be assigned to the NOVA/DC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force – posed as an underage female during online communications with Lazaro C. Hernandez, 49, and arranged a meeting at a Leesburg hotel, according to the report.

The report also states that the purpose of the meeting was sexual activity.

LCSO deputies arrested Henandez at the hotel on East Market Street Jan. 24 without incident.

The LCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the case to determine whether to place additional charges. Hernandez remains at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

The previous information was supplied by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and, where charges were made, does not indicate a conviction. For questions about this article, email dusty@patch.com.

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