Va. man charged with texting girl for sex
The owner of an Old Town Alexandria rug shop has been indicted by a federal grand jury for trying to set up a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl through a series of text messages.
Joshua B. Nabatkhorian, 52, who lives in the Fairfax area of Fairfax County, is also the owner of J&J Oriental Rug Gallery on King Street. He was arrested by Fairfax police on state charges in November, but federal prosecutors took over the case in June. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria said she did not know why the case moved to the federal level.
Court records show that the girl's mother contacted Fairfax police in November and showed them text messages allegedly sent by Nabatkhorian to her daughter.
Nabatkhorian was a family friend. A police officer took over the conversation on the girl's phone, then switched Nabatkhorian to e-mail, a federal affidavit states.
The officer, posing as the girl, arranged a meeting with Nabatkhorian at a shopping center on Braddock Road, after which Nabatkhorian allegedly suggested taking the girl to a hotel. On Nov. 17, Nabatkhorian arrived for the meeting, and was arrested. Police later searched Nabatkhorian's e-mail, and found a reservation for a room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Arlington, the federal affidavit states.
As Nabatkhorian's case was headed for a preliminary hearing in Fairfax Juvenile Court in June, Fairfax prosecutors dismissed charges of using a communication device to facilitate a sex act with a minor and attempted indecent liberties with a minor. Those charges carried a minimum five-year prison term if convicted.
In federal court, Nabatkhorian was indicted Thursday for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, which carries a mandatory minimum ten-year term, and a maximum of life in prison. Nabatkhorian has remained free on his own recognizance pending trial.
-- Tom Jackman
August 20, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Categories: Alexandria , Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman
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