FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 22, 2019
Contact: Heather F. Williamson
Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office
20 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176-2809
WEST VIRGINIA MAN CONVICTED OF ELECTRONIC SOLICITATION OF A MINOR
LOUDOUN JUDGE IMPOSES 15 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS IN PRISON
LEESBURG, Virginia – March 19, 2019. James Roland Goetz, 32, appeared before Judge Thomas D. Horne in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on five counts of electronic solicitation of a minor under fifteen, while being at least seven years older. Horne imposed a total active sentence of fifteen years and two months in the Virginia Department of Corrections.
On October 8, 2016, a Leesburg Police Department Detective responded to an ad posted on Craigslist in the personals section. Goetz responded to the detective and engaged in an ongoing conversation with the “fourteen-year-old” that was sexual in nature. Goetz emailed nude photographs of himself, requested nude photographs from the “fourteen-year-old” and suggested that they meet for sex.
On October 17, 2016, Goetz arrived at a pre-arranged meeting location with the expectation of meeting the teenager for sexual purposes. Goetz was subsequently placed under arrest.
Goetz was found guilty of the offenses on June 6, 2018 after a single-day bench trial.
Judge Horne imposed an additional forty-four years and ten months of suspended time. Upon his release, Goetz will be placed on ten years of supervised probation, and will be required to complete a sex offender treatment program as directed by his probation officer.
Pursuant to Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act, Goetz will also be required to register as a sex offender. Information about the Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry and those on it can be found on the Virginia State Police website: http://sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov.