Police: NN man sent ‘explicit, inappropriate’ text messages to 18-year-old victim for years

Newport News

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UPDATE Jan. 17, 2020: Jerry Gilbert pleaded guilty Thursday to two amended charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

He was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 22 suspended, leaving two months to serve.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A man in Newport News was arrested on sexual offenses after allegedly sending explicit text messages to a now 18-year-old victim for years.

Police were called to a home in Newport News for a past sexual offense on May 5 after an 18-year-old victim claimed that she had been receiving inappropriate and explicit text messages from a man known to the family since she was 15 years old.

After further investigation, authorities were able to arrest the suspect, 42-year-old Jerry Allen Gilbert Jr., of the 100 block of Glade Rd., on Monday, September 16.

Gilbert was turned over to Newport News City Jail after being charged with one count each of indecent liberties with a child and using a computer to commit a sex offense.

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