Man charged with sex crimes

Published 8:15 pm Monday, March 19, 2012

Suffolk police this weekend arrested and charged a Portsmouth man with crimes against a 13-year-old girl.

Laurence Vernon Carter, 40, of the 2300 block of Chestnut Street, is charged with four counts each of carnal knowledge of a child between 13 and 15, crimes against nature, taking indecent liberties with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Police say Carter met the young teen on a telephone chat line in December. He later allegedly made several visits to Suffolk, where he engaged in sexual acts with the girl.

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The victim’s family learned of the alleged calls Sunday and arranged a meeting. They then contacted police, who apprehended Carter in the area of the meeting.

He is being held in Western Tidewater Regional Jail with no bond.