The suspects are Timmie Williams, 25, and Robert Wagner, 48.
Williams faces charges of using a computer to commit sex offenses with a minor, attempting to commit a felony, carnal knowledge of a child ages 13 to 14-years-old and indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15.
Wagner is charged with aggravated sexual battery, indecent liberties with a child, contributing to the delinquency of minors, use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children and production of child pornography.
Police say both suspects had inappropriate sexual contact with the teenage victim, and in both cases the victim consented.
Williams was arrested after a parent’s complaint. The victim’s father told police Williams exchanged sexual messages with his daughter on the phone and online.
“They were viewing several things she was posting online and found that she was having inappropriate conversations with an older gentleman,” Sgt. Brandon Creswell with the Newport News Police Special Victims Unit said.
Police learned Williams had sex with the victim in a wooded area after the two met on the Web site tagged.com . Police say he wasn’t the only one.
“Speaking with the parents we found out that there was another investigation in York County involving Mr. Wagner,” Creswell said.
Court documents say Wagner promised to pay the girl $80 to allow him to perform oral sex on her. Police say the 14-year-old told Wagner she was 17. The victim told police Wagner picked her up in Newport News and drove her to Harwood’s Mill Park.
Two people reportedly saw Wagner and the girl walk into the woods together. One witness told police she followed them to a picnic shelter and saw Wagner performing oral sex. The witness says he was wearing a trench coat and the girl was wearing a skirt. The witness says Wagner ran when she confronted him.
“A lot of times these underage girls feel empowered when older men are speaking with them telling them that they’ll pay them for certain goods, take them out certain places,” Creswell said. “So they feel grown up in a way, even though she is 14-years-old and she has a lot more aging to do.”
Wagner posted bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Thursday, so WAVY.com stopped by his home. No one came to the door.
Police were at the home last month to collect recording and storage devices along with Wagner’s computers. They believe he used the equipment to make child pornography with other victims.
At this time, police do not expect the 14-year-old girl will face any charges, partly because of her age. Consent does not matter when the victim is 15-years-old or younger. The state considers that rape.
Police are investigating if the girl or the two men had sexual contact with others they met online.