Preston County man arrested for sending nude pictures to a minor

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A Preston County man has been arrested for sending pictures of his genitals to a 14-year-old female via Instagram, according to West Virginia State Police.

Troopers with the West Virginia State Police Department received a complaint on July 28, 2018 that stated an adult male sent pictures of his penis to a 14-year-old girl over the social media platform Instagram on July 12, 2018. The man also requested nude images of the juvenile during the messaging session, according to court documents. Troopers said they were able to identify the man as Robert Moats, 28, of Kingwood, through photos on his Instagram account and a DMV photo of Moats.

On August 5, troopers said they executed a search warrant on Moats’s residence and seized 2 cell phones from his possession. After a forensic analysis of one of the cell phones, it was revealed that one of the phones contained the same images that were sent to the juvenile.

Moats has been charged with solicitation of a minor via computer. 

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