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Braxton man charged with attempting to solicit minor

A Braxton County man has been charged with attempting to solicit a minor via computer by Bridgeport investigators. The officers say the accused attempted to meet up with a juvenile who he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

According to a criminal complaint, Jeffrey James, 35, of Gassaway was texting and using social media to communicate with someone whom he believed to be a 15-year-old female from Bridgeport between April 1 and July 1 of 2022.

On July 1, James had allegedly set up a plan to travel to Bridgeport in order to engage in sexual acts with the girl, but he failed to appear, according to the complaint.

During a police interview, James admitted to communicating with someone he believed to be underage and planning to travel and meet up, the complaint alleges.

James was booked into the Central Regional Jail on Thursday night, November 17, according to the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s website. He is being held on $10,000 bail to await further court proceeding in Marion County.