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Fairfax man uses iPhone app to meet, have sex with 14-yr-old girl

A Fairfax County man is in federal custody after meeting a teenage Maryland girl through an iPhone social networking application and having sex with her both at her parents' house and at his house in the Alexandria area of Fairfax, federal authorities allege.

Moses Virgil Campbell Jr., 44, allegedly used the "iDate-Personals Dating Service for Singles of Any Sex" app on his iPhone, according to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Alicia M. McShane. Beginning in February, Campbell first made contact with the 14-year-old girl through iDate, and the two began talking and decided to meet in person, McShane wrote.

On at least two occasions, the girl told authorities, Campbell came over to her house in Upper Marlboro and had sex with her in the basement, including once when the girl's mother slept upstairs, according to the affidavit.

On April 7, the girl tried to take a taxi to Campbell's house, but her mother intercepted her. The mother called the man whose number her daughter had and told him the girl was 14, McShane wrote.

But the next day, the girl did take a cab to Fairfax County, and had sex with Campbell in his room, the court documents say. The girl's mother found out, called the cab company, and the company called Fairfax police.

When police arrived, Campbell walked outside and told them that the girl was gone, the affidavit states. Campbell then granted an officer permission to look for the girl. The officer looked, but did not find her. Other men in the residence then told the officer the girl was hiding under Campbell's bed, McShane wrote. The officer went back inside and found the girl. Campbell was arrested.

On Wednesday, Campbell was charged in federal court of transporting a minor across state lines for purposes of carnal knowledge. The case was first reported by the Washington Examiner.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  May 7, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Sex Crimes , Technology , Tom Jackman  
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come on now!! a 44 y.o. sexing a 14y.o. are you serious???.... he needs to be locked up... his old @$$ had no business hooking up with her in the first place...but to continue to go back and then have the nerve to be up in her mothers house!!! On top of that "lie" to authorities about her whereabouts??? I am truly appalled...he should be in.... no scratch that.. UNDER the jail for this one.... with his old @$$... and whats sad.... he probably doesn't feel like anything they did was wrong and/or inappropriate.... i would love about 10 minutes with aluminum bat and some space.....

Posted by: ReflectionofLyfe | May 7, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The officer looked, but did not find her. Other men in the residence then told the officer the girl was hiding under Campbell's bed, McShane wrote. The officer went back inside and found the girl....

doht! cop didnt look under bed 1st time?!?

Posted by: mloaks | May 7, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Nice going Mom. You gave a 14 year old girl an Iphone. Charge the Mother too!

Posted by: Special_One40 | May 7, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"The case was first reported by the Washington Examiner."
It seems the Examiner is now the DC newspaper for first reporting stories and for readers to get the truth and full story (as in the Betts murder).

Posted by: checkered1 | May 7, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

So many questions...
*44 and a 14 year old
*44 living in a rooming house (w/an iPhone)
*14 year old (w/an iPhone)
*iDate (wth)
*14 year old signing up for iDate
*taking a cab to VA (how much was that each trip)
*being gone long enough to take a cab to VA, get some and come back (there is super-MOM somewhere in this story)
*why nobody in the house ratted him out for having a younging in the house (at least they snitched when the cops came)
*44 and 14 year old

Posted by: Gtown10 | May 7, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

first of all, what is a 14 yr old doing using a dating service?
Secondly, I wouldn't judge the man in this case without seeing the girl. Some girls can look rather mature for their age, especially when wearing the right clothes and make up.
Third, the man did not return to the girls house after being told by the mom that her daughter was 14. It was then the girl who was going over to his house.
Of course, the man should of known better, but the actions of the girl should be taken into account.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse


People are wonderful animals.

Posted by: hagerva | May 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

She's a ho, or a baby-momma in training.
Posted by: Aimhigh2000

More stereotypical comments.
She's a lost child who's mom or parents have allowed her too much independence and freedom for a 14 year old.
Your focus should be where the LAW takes over: 44 year old Virginia male 14 year old girl - statutory rape - pedophilia.

Common, get in the game !

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | May 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

See! I told you guys Blackberry was better!

Posted by: | May 7, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

No matter what the girl did or did not do, once he found out she was 14 he knowingly committed a crime.

Posted by: ctree | May 7, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax man uses iPhone app to meet, have sex with 14-yr-old girl?
Why single out the iPhone, or the app?
"Fairfax man uses house to meet, have sex with 14-yr-old girl"
"Fairfax man uses cab to meet, have sex with 14-yr-old girl"
"Fairfax man uses her mom's basement to meet, have sex with 14-yr-old girl"
"Fairfax man uses bed to meet, have sex with 14-yr-old girl"

This is stupid, sensationalist headlining.

Posted by: khannemann | May 7, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The guy had sex with the girl AFTER the mother called him and TOLD him she was 14. Statutory rape.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | May 7, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

At forty four and living in a rooming house, has to pick up a fourteen year old for sex. Now you will be living in a bigger house what a loser...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | May 7, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

No doubt it's statutory rape. There's no way a man would think a 14 year old is not a minor.

On another note, this girl is a lost soul. Her mom sounds hapless at best and negligent at worst.

Posted by: jabreal00 | May 7, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is a 14 year girl on a dating site soliciting a relationship with a 44 year old man?

I'm sorry, but she needs to be prosecuted for something! How was he suppose to know that she was 14? Especially when she tells him that she's 20!

Posted by: yayo2 | May 8, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

What about the "other men" at the residence that knew she was hiding under the bed? Uh what the heck were other men doing there?

Posted by: melisspro | May 8, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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