Sheriff: Suspect Brought Along His 3 Children To Meeting Spot
Posted: December 21, 2013
By KASSONDRA CLOOS
HARRISONBURG — Police say an Elkton man who thought he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl was arrested Thursday as the result of an undercover sting to catch online sexual predators.
But the suspect, Derek William Hulvey, 32, didn’t come alone: According to police, he arrived with his three young children in tow at an undisclosed Harrisonburg location where he had agreed to meet the “girl” with whom he had been soliciting sex.
Hulvey’s arrest followed an investigation in which he is accused of communicating online with someone he believed to be a minor for sexual purposes, according to a statement from Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson. Hutcheson said in addition to setting up a place to meet, Hulvey also agreed to a price for sexual acts to be performed.
Hulvey’s three children, ages 6 months and 1 and 2 years old, were in his vehicle when he arrived at the scene, Hutcheson said. Arrangements were made to safely return the children to their mother after the arrest.
Hulvey was charged with felony counts of attempted indecent liberties with a minor and use of electronic means for purpose/promoting indecent liberties with a minor.
The investigation was conducted by the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which included officers from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Harrisonburg Police Department and Virginia State Police.
Hulvey was held overnight at Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail and released Friday afternoon on a $2,500 secured bond.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be placed, according to Hutcheson.