A man who may have used comic book conventions to lure juvenile girls into sex is under arrest in Virginia, police said Tuesday.
Inside Nova reported that detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Salt Lake City Sheriff’s Office believe Derrick La Marr Jones, 35, used social media to communicate with teens he met at comic book conventions. He would often introduce himself as being in his late teens and early twenties and would use an alias, said Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kraig Troxell.
“It is believed that Jones uses social media and has made contact with juvenile females at multi-genre entertainment/comic book conventions.”
He would reportedly under the name of Kanovski Zan-Lee Vulgen or “Kano” or “Lee.”
Investigators discovered that Jones paid for the teen to travel to the Baltimore area to meet him.
On March 7, a family member of the victim reported to police about the girl’s communication with Jones on social media, and their alleged sexual activity.
Jones has been in the areas of Orlando, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Salt Lake City since March of 2017.
He was charged with two counts of illegal use of a communication system to solicit with lascivious intent a minor between the ages of 15 and 18.
Detectives with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help in identifying other possible victims who may have known, associated with or communicated with Jones.
Anyone with information can call Det. J. Suess of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475 or use the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.
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