RICHMOND, Va. — The Democratic Party of Virginia confirms that a General Assembly volunteer, Tyler Martin, was arrested in a pedophile sting in Spotsylvania County. Martin would often be seen at the General Assembly during session videotaping committee meetings, according to CBS 6 political reporter Joe St. George’s sources.
The State Senate Democratic Caucus released this statement:
“He served as an unpaid legislative session volunteer for the Senate Democratic Caucus for several weeks monitoring public General Assembly committee meetings and assisting with administrative duties. We have had no contact with him since his arrest, but remain shocked and disappointed at the circumstances.”
According to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s office, 21-year-old Martin, who lives in Richmond, was charged with felony counts of indecent liberties and using a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children.
Sheriff Roger L. Harris said that Martin, and the three suspects he was arrested in the sting, tried to set up relationships with young children online.
Deputies said that the suspects traveled to Spotsylvania County and planned to have sex with an underage female.
“The goal of these suspects is to ‘Groom’ the children, convincing them to meet and then perpetrate their criminal acts,” Harris said.