Winchester man faces 110 years in prison for juvenile sexual solicitation

WINCHESTER, Va. - A Winchester man that has an extensive record of sex crimes has been convicted once again.

On Tuesday night, Chris Cole was charged with six counts of soliciting a juvenile for sexual activity, according to the Frederick County Commonwealth's Attorney.

The jury recommended Cole serve the maximum amount of time for each charge, totaling 110 years.

Officials say it all started when Cole passed a note with his phone number on it to a 15-year-old girl at Apple Blossom Mall. The girl took a picture of it and sent it to her then-boyfriend who told his father about it.

The case was then turned over to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. An investigator texted Cole acting like a 15-year-old girl. The sheriff's office says Cole continued to solicit sexual suggestions to the person so the detective decided to arrange a meeting. When Cole arrived on the Loudoun Street Mall with the phone he used to text the person he thought was a 15-year-old, he was arrested.

"I believe the jury understood and appreciated the severity of the crime and through their sentence, I think they understood what a danger mr. Cole presents to the community," said Ross Spicer, Frederick County Commonwealth's Attorney.

Spicer also said the commonwealth presented credible evidence that shows there could be other children out there Cole could have tried to solicit.

Cole is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 am on May 24th. The judge can follow the recommendation or impose a lighter sentence.

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