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Raleigh firefighter faces Internet sex charge

Posted March 12, 2010

— Guilford County authorities have charged a Raleigh firefighter with trying to solicit sex from an underage girl in an online chat room.

Richard Brandon Wells, 31, of 554 Howard Tant Road in Zebulon, was charged with solicitation of a minor by computer to commit an unlawful sex act and attempted indecent liberties with a minor. He was being held Friday in the Guilford County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

A deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl communicated online with a man for several months, and the man proposed meeting the deputy for sex, authorities said. The arrest was part of an ongoing investigation by the Piedmont Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.


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  • james27613 Mar 12, 2010

    the accused takes time to get to know the minor,
    long conversations, sometimes sending a gift to the minor.
    Then they take it to the next level and then get the minor to
    agree to hook up with the pervert.

    If you son or daughter has unlimited access to any computer,
    they may be at risk. Keep the pc or mac in open access area
    of your home. check the logs, avoid those social network sites,
    you know what they are.

    And NO WEB CAMERA on you kid's computer, NEVER EVER!

    We will never know how many kids are victims of these perverts.

    Many are classified as troubled teens, runaways, etc, when the reality is they were victims of perverts like the accused.

    Protect your kids by talking to them daily.

  • james27613 Mar 12, 2010

    This idiot looks like the same guys that get busted on
    Dateline internet predators.

  • RWS Mar 12, 2010

    Just proves you can't trust anybody, even your local public safety person.

  • working for deadbeats Mar 12, 2010

    "thatsgreat I believe you are simply stating your opinion, which is wrong I think. You have no way of knowing my qualifications. You simply assume ... and you know what that does."

    Your last comment proves that you don't have the qualifications to speak about how criminal investigations should be done. You made that clear, so it's not my opinion or assumption. He could have stopped talking to the "girl", but he clearly kept going back for more. The "to catch a predator" show takes much longer than the one hour it's on TV. Those also can take weeks or months.

  • lilmama1827511 Mar 12, 2010

    You would think after To catch a predator came out for CNN with Chris Hansen people would no longer be using the chat to try and talk to minors

  • Connected1 Mar 12, 2010

    Yeah, he looks like he's probably dabbled in the underage aisle once or twice.

    Time to lock him up.

  • roaddog3 Mar 12, 2010

    It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out why it took so long. Its because otherwise the liberals will let this guy go on sometype of technicality so he can keep on soliciting again and again. Very good job Police. He should rot in jail.

  • ghimmy51 Mar 12, 2010

    thatsgreat I believe you are simply stating your opinion, which is wrong I think. You have no way of knowing my qualifications. You simply assume ... and you know what that does.

  • zablalbaz Mar 12, 2010

    Does anyone else think of Farva from Super Troopers when they look at this guys pic? Go Team Ramrod!!!

  • working for deadbeats Mar 12, 2010

    Hey ghimmy...that's usually how long it takes for these weirdos to feel comfy enough to finally show their true intentions. He could have stopped talking to the "girl" at any time. Please learn a little about invetigations before talking like you know something about it.