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Police: Man posed as 17-year-old to molest 13-year-old VA girl

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Donald Hugh Owen Jr. (Source: Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office) Donald Hugh Owen Jr. (Source: Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office)
SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) -

A 54-year-old man lied about his age to meet and molest a 13-year-old Spotsylvania girl, according to authorities.

Authorities begin investigating Donald Hugh Owen Jr. on October 5, 2011 when the girl told officers she met a man online in a chat room, according to the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office. Sheriffs says Owen gave the girl a fake name and told her he was 17-year-old. Authorities say Owen then met the girl twice near her house in the middle of the night and molester her in the back seat of his car.

Detectives say Owen's phone was registered using a fake name and address, but they were able to track him down over the course of their investigation. Detectives executed four search warrants in Alexandria and Richmond on April 22, seizing computers, cell phones, and hard. Owen was arrested and is currently held without bond. 

"These types of child predators are the very reason our Cyber Crimes Unit was created and expanded over the last two years," said Sheriff Roger Harris. "We cannot and will not allow these individuals to operate in this area and we will remain vigilant in the detection and prosecution of such predators."

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