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Man faces child sex charges in Scott County

Staff report • Jun 19, 2019 at 2:31 PM

GATE CITY — An investigation of alleged Internet crimes against a juvenile has led to a man’s arrest on several charges, including rape and abduction.

According to information released Wednesday by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, a cyber tip spurred an investigation of Johnny Melvin Turner, 42. Detectives were then reportedly able to “uncover evidence that provided probable cause that crimes were committed.”

Turner is now held in the Duffield Regional Jail. Along with the rape and abduction charges, he is also accused of solicitation of child pornography through an electronic device.

Police confirmed that the juvenile victim is now safe with family, but said no additional information will be released. The investigation is continuing. 

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