Norton, Va. man pleads guilty in Wise Co. Circuit Court to soliciting minor

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WISE COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty to using an electronic communication device to solicit a minor and expose himself to a child under the age of 15.

Christopher Keith Kiser, 25, of Norton, pleaded guilty in Wise County Circuit Court Thursday.

A judge will determine how many years he will serve in prison.

He currently faces a total maximum penalty of 10 years incarceration.

According to the Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp, had the case proceeded to trial the state was prepared to show that on February 6, 2016, Kiser began communicating with a 12-year-old girl over the internet. Investigators say the communication included images of his genital parts and solicitations.

Slemp said, “This case is an example of how easily children can be exposed to explicit images by online predators. We hope the court sends a clear message with this case to those who would try to use the internet to prey on innocent children and we hope that it will remind parents of the need for tools to prevent that from happening here in Wise County.”

Kiser’s sentencing is scheduled for December 15th.

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